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The Children of Abraham

Judaism, Christianity, Islam
Peters, F. E. (Book - 2004 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Children of Abraham

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F.E. Peters, a scholar without peer in the comparative study of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, revisits his pioneering work after twenty-five years. Peters has rethought and thoroughly rewritten his classic The Children of Abraham for a new generation of readers-at a time when the understanding of these three religious traditions has taken on a new and critical urgency. He began writing about all three faiths in the 1970s, long before it was fashionable to treat Islam in the context of Judaism and Christianity, or to align all three for a family portrait. In this updated edition, he lays out the similarities and differences of the three religious siblings with great clarity and succinctness and with that same remarkable objectivity that is the hallmark of all the author's work. Peters traces the three faiths from the sixth century B.C., when the Jews returned to Palestine from exile in Babylonia, to the time in the Middle Ages when they approached their present form. He points out that all three faith groups, whom the Muslims themselves refer to as "People of the Book," share much common ground. Most notably, each embraces the practice of worshipping a God who intervenes in history on behalf of His people. The book's text is direct and accessible with thorough and nuanced discussions of each of the three religions. Updated footnotes provide the reader with expert guidance into the highly complex issues that lie between every line of this stunning and timely new edition of The Children of Abraham.
Authors: Peters, F. E. (Francis E.)
Title: The children of Abraham
Judaism, Christianity, Islam
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. :, Princeton University Press,, c2004
Edition: New ed
Characteristics: xix, 237 p. ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: F.E. Peters ; with a foreword by John L. Esposito
ISBN: 0691120412
Branch Call Number: 201.4 P481c 2004
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  • crankylibrarian rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Peerless scholarship, but a dry and meandering style which will turn off any but the most determined lay reader. Karen Armstrong, Jack Miles and Peter Occiogrosso cover the same ground but with far greater eloquence.


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