Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths
In this timely, provocative, and uplifting journey, the bestselling author of Walking the Bible searches for the man at the heart of the world's three monotheistic religions -- and today's deadliest conflicts.
At a moment when the world is asking, “Can the religions get along?” one figure stands out as the shared ancestor of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. One man holds the...more
With that being said, this guy's life is completely awesome. ... So i've graduated from the Ivy League, what to do now? ... Couple years teaching English in Japan? Yep. Grad school at Oxford? That too. Year in the circus? Roger that. Explaining the Bible in a way that anyone can understand it without a particular bent to...more
“All we know about Abraham is in the Bible,” he says. “In the ground, there is nothing.”
This book is Bruce Feiler’s best. With no archaeological evidence whatsoever to explore, he embarks on his journey to learn about Abraham by interviewing members of various faiths, and finds himself enmeshed in a bewildering array of legends and claims. Abraham begins life as a polytheist in Ur, but is called by a foreign god, Yahweh, to journey to a new...more
Feiler's informative book gives us in broad brushstrokes an account of how that transformation took place. His search for common...more
Unfortunately, as th...more
In this conversation, Feiler discusses the archetypal tale as related in the (3) major monotheistic scriptures with Hanan Eschel, one of the leading archaeologists of the first millenium B.C.E. (This excerpt appears on p. 135.)
Hanan explains to the author: "What I'm trying to do, especially in this...more
I found hope in this book written by a Jew that good could come from such monumental evil. As a result I attended a salon locally where a Rabbi, an Imam and a Christian Minister shared their experiences with the Abrahamic stories in the "old testament" -- there that shows...more
I was aware that Abraham was raised in the land of the Chaldeans, but what I didn't realize was that these people were big-time astronomers. Philo wrote, “The Chaldeans exercised themselves most especially with astronomy, and attributed all things to the movement of the stars, believing...more
This is an easy read. It is not designed as a scholarly book with extensive footnotes. It is more conversational. There is a short bibliography at the back that provides sources for further reading for those so inclined.
Mormon doctrine has a very different int...more
One of our core beliefs, stated in the Articles of Faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is: "We...more
Abraham invented monotheism. He was mourned by both sons Gen. 22:7.
I've talked with both Jews and Muslim. I understand a little more about their...more
Though Feiler sought to understand Abraham from a historical and academic perspective, I appreciated his apparent discomfort with the Jewish midrash around Abraham's story. I felt similarly as I read the Islam chapter and in that way...more
The author Bruce Feiler is not new in this subject. He is a popular voice of family, faith, and survival in the Unite...more
Feiler carefully avoids much discussion of other Hebrew characters who play large roles in the three religions like David or Elijah or even other characters in the Pentateuch like Moses who are universally important. To me, this came off as a bit disingenuous, as if he w...more
From the title and initial pages, I thought the journey was going to be toward finding the common ground among the religions, yet, as the story continued, I came to find it was more of Feiler trying to identify his own unders...more
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But the meaning of this moment cannot be diminished. Abraham achieves in death what he could never achieve in life: a moment of reconciliation between his two sons, a peaceful, communal, side-by-side flicker of possibility in which they are not rivals, scions, warriors, adversaries, children, Jews, Christians, or Muslims. They are brothers. They are mourners.
In a sense they are us, forever weeping for the loss of our common father, shuffling through our bitter memories, reclaiming our childlike expectations, laughing, sobbing, furious and full of dreams, wondering about our orphaned future, and demanding the answers we all crave to hear: What did you want from me, Father? What did you leave me with, Father?
And what do I do now?”