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Abraham and Authenticity  

Reuven Firestone

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Oct 2015
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Nov 2015
The Abrahamic religions recognize Abraham as the first to arrive at the truth of monotheism and live out the ideal relationship with God. He is the archetype of the stalwart religious ... More

The Abrahamic Religions as a Modern Concept  

Mark Silk

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Oct 2015
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Nov 2015
The modern concept of the Abrahamic religions has roots in Christian theology, the academic study of the Near East, and the study of Islam. In the nineteenth century, Protestant theologians ... More

Apocalyptic  

Philip Davies

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Feb 2008
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Sep 2009
In the Old Testament, apocalyptic literature (or simply ‘apocalyptic’, as the genre is often called) might not seem to occupy a prominent place. Only the book of Daniel falls into this ... More

Apocalypticism, Millenarianism, and Messianism  

Lutz Greisiger

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Oct 2015
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Nov 2015
Apocalyptic phenomena and discourses run as a thread through Jewish, Christian, and Muslim history, playing a lead role during times of transition and ferment. Apocalyptic phenomena ... More

Authority of Scripture, Tradition, and the Church  

Richard Swinburne

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2009
Christianity, Islam, and Judaism all claim that God has given humans a revelation. Divine revelation may be either of God, or by God of propositional truth. Traditionally Christianity has ... More

The Concept of the Abrahamic Religions, Problems and Pitfalls  

Rémi Brague

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Oct 2015
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Nov 2015
This chapter examines such current expressions as ‘the three monotheisms’, ‘the three religions of Abraham’, and ‘the three religions of the book’, points to their falsity and the dangers ... More

Dietary Law  

David M. Freidenreich

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Oct 2015
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Nov 2015
This survey of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic dietary law finds no recognition within pre-modern sources of the biblical or familial affinities implied by the contemporary term Abrahamic. ... More

Jews and Muslims in Christian Law and History  

John Tolan

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Oct 2015
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Nov 2015
How does Christianity explain the existence of the two rival Abrahamic faiths, Judaism and Islam? What place does it allow in Christian society for Jews and Muslims? The responses to these ... More

Medieval Jewry in the World of Islam  

Mark R. Cohen

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Dec 2004
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Sep 2009
Islam arose in the seventh century in Arabia through the preaching of the prophet Muhammad (d. 632). Nineteenth-century Jewish historians of the ‘Wissenschaft des Judentums’ school painted ... More

Mysticism in the Abrahamic Religions  

Moshe Idel

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Oct 2015
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Nov 2015
The intensification of religious life, and the contact with what is conceived of as a spiritual sphere, are two main general features of mysticism, present in all of the Abrahamic ... More

Philosophy and Theology  

Carlos Fraenkel

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Oct 2015
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Nov 2015
This chapter examines the distinctive character of philosophy among Muslims, Jews, and Christians in the medieval Islamic world. It relates philosophy to theology, but also to other ... More

The Qur’an and Judaism  

Reuven Firestone

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May 2020
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Jun 2020
This chapter consists of two parts. The first examines the historical-phenomenological relationship between the Qur’an and Judaism (the Qur’an and Judaism), while the second examines ... More

Religions of Love: Judaism, Christianity, Islam  

David Nirenberg and Leonardo Capezzone

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Oct 2015
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Nov 2015
This chapter explores the place of love—of human towards humans or towards God, and of God towards humans—in the Abrahamic traditions. Christianity frequently presented itself as a religion ... More

Yet Another Abraham  

Gil Anidjar

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Oct 2015
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Nov 2015
Was Abraham religious? The question seems out of place in a volume on ‘Abrahamic Religions’. Yet, it is precisely the juxtaposition of strictly anachronistic terms (Abraham, religion) at a ... More

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