EBOOK NEW Abraham A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths author Bruce Feiler
I Love My Dad (Disney Princess) lBut the idea that Abraham belongs to all humanity which appears ateast in spirit in Paul s Flight, Vol. 7 letters soon begins to dissipate Matthew traces Jesusineage through Isaac to Abraham God s sacrifice of his Son is compared directly to Abraham s sacrifice of Isaac Abraham says John knew about Jesus thousands of years before Jesus was born Abraham has been appropriated to the Christian sideHundreds of years ater Muslims trace their relevancy through Abraham s other son Ishmael Ibn Kathir accuses Jews of dishonesty and slander claiming they introduced Isaac into the story even though the Bible says Abraham went to sacrifice his only son his favored son For Muslims Ishmael was the favored son so he was the one Abraham took to sacrifice As Feiler interviews a Muslim eader he is told Abraham is the father of one religion and that religion is Islam So what will happen to me Feiler asked You l die came the answerThoroughly rattled Feiler retreats His book has become something entirely different than what he set out to writeplease follow this ink to the Dubious Disciple below for further discussion of this topic This was my first read on comparative religions and I really enjoyed it A beautifully written book for everyone whether you are a simple reader or an academic This book portrays the role of Abraham in the history theology and contemporary thought in Judaism Christianity and Islam All three faiths claim Abraham as their own and they all assert to be the correct modern day representative of the Abrahamic religious tradition The book s first half addresses what the Bible and Koran say about Abraham his call to monotheism and his sons Isaac and Ishmael Particularly fascinating are Feiler s discussions of how the three religious traditions invented stories about Abraham to supplement the rather skeletal canonical version and even borrowed these stories from one another as when Muslim traditions about Abraham and Ishmael began appearing in eighth century Jewish commentaries The second half delves into each faith tradition and discusses how the Abraham narratives relate to contemporary religious and political conflicts The author recounts his visits and interviews with a variety of religious Camp Rex leaders the most poignant of which were the two contrasting interviews with a Muslim imam in Jerusalem and a Jewish West Bank settler One would think that the fact that the three Abrahamic religions have a common origin story would enhance the possibilities of cooperation Unfortunately the opposite is trueLink to another review While it was an interesting pieceooking at the shared aspects of the three major faiths i found it to be a ittle bit of a follow up book than a stand alone piece of artWith that being said this guy s ife 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 toward one faith or another Done And a book deal for each of these experiences to boot By the time he s done he l be averaging a memior for every 3 years of his ife Because I have been a student and teacher of the Bible I read with great interest Feiler s book particularly because I knew I was in my of the I read with great interest Feiler s book particularly because I knew I was When Dads Don't Grow Up limited in my of the perceptions of Abraham by adherents of Judaism and Islam Feiler goes in search of the real Abraham history s first monotheist and the father of twelve million Jews two billion Christians and one billion Muslims Feiler allows the reader to participate in his uest as he seeks out the documents related to the manyegends about Abraham Feiler expresses his surprise shock and disappointment in his findings He expresses his confusion along the way USA Today said Bruce Feiler went Miles from Kara looking for proof Heearned that proof doesn t matter That could also be applied to the history and books of the LDS churchSeparate chapters trace the necessity of each faith for Abraham in order to establish its Pee Wee Scouts treasury (Pee Wee Scouts, legitimacy Feiler uses interviews with experts renowned scholars theologians and archaeologists and others to introduce each segment of his subject matter That contributed a sense of immediacy for the reader In addition the reader journeys with Feiler as he walks the streets of Jerusalem stands near the Wailing Wall visits ancient shrines climbs to the caves of umran and the Dead Sea Scrolls and enters Hebron under high security Because I have traveled in Israel these forays helped make Feiler s search even personal to me Abraham s story stands at the root of the Middle Eastern conflict today Can the religions co exist Perhaps perhaps not Historically they have become geo political As I read Feiler I often turned to Genesis to verify his presentation Because I veooked at Abraham from the Christian perspective I was interested in the other vantage points even differences in the narrative Feiler s conclusion Abraham represents the basic desire all people have to form a union with God Abraham is a physical manifestation of the fundamental yearning to be descended from a sacred source Those are deductions that I ve not made in my study of Abraham before Feiler provides an overview of Abraham in the three faiths As a result brevity and absence of specific detail could be a weakness Fluid vivid prose I thought I would ove this book but I was disappointed The author s premise is his search for the truth of the Biblical Abraham He investigates how each of the three great People of the Book Jews Christians Moslems view Abraham I thought his analysis was thin and
DISORGANIZED HE LETS EACH FAITH STAND He ets each faith stand its own instead of comparing and contrasting And he s all over the place with stories from his childhood and character studies of people he interviews and his own analysis and imited reference to actual sources It just didn t work for me And OK just one thing as a feminist I thought Sarah really got the short shrift Yeah the book s about Abraham he s the guy that got the Call but Sarah is just a non entity in this analysis and I think that does her a disservice. R possible reconciliation AbrahamBruce Feiler set out on a personal uest to better understand our common patriarch Traveling in war zones climbing through caves and ancient shrines and sitting down with the world's eading religious minds Feiler uncovers fascinating High Heat little known details of the man who defines faith for half the wor. CyBruce traveled to Jerusalem to write this book He shared his experiences the sights the sounds the smells the people He has made the book an uncomplicated journey taking his readers with him Uncomplicated in the sense that everything is understandable Don tet this fool you into thinking this is an easy book I would not have been ready to read this book when it was published in 2002 I don t think my faith was strong enough I might have been disillusioned by human action I might have closed the book after the first chapter and never finished it convinced that corporate religion is all man made and not something I want to embraceJerusalem is a touchstone of faith Bruce tells us Adam was buried here Solomon built here Jesus prayed here and Muhammad ascended here For me earning about the holy and was ike trying to understand all the stars in the sky so vast so deep sooooo many Being a Christian I couldn t help but be ooking for some confirmation of my faith but very uickly I earned to et go and A treatise on the law of marital rights in Texas let Bruce have control of this journey He ended the first chapter with a uote from his guide The relationship between a person and another human being is what creates and allows for a relationship with God If you re not capable ofiving with each other and getting along with each other then you re not capable of having a relationship with God Then his guide finished with So the uestion is not whether God can bring peace into the world The uestion is Can we As I entered the next chapter on Abraham s birth and his call I still felt I was on unstable ground Abraham s family worshiped many gods and he was called by God to eave his homeland and become the father of a great nation He began monotheism God said to Abraham Because of you Abraham the knowledge of me is going to the entire world Abraham had the first call I was impressed and hopeful that God would not imit himself to those in a certain part of the world However I had difficulty with Abraham s willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac and abandon his son Ishmael I suspect there is a Lots of Hearts lot for me to understand hereLearning about Abraham s children was noess challenging This is the beginning of different directions Ishmael for the Muslims and Issac for Jews and Christians Was this God s plan I am reminded of my son sharing his insights with me He said I would ike to believe that heaven is a ot of different neighborhoods i agree with himAs Bruce takes us through Christianity Judaism and Muslim s relationship with Abraham I am still reading with my jaw dropping I struggled again with how humans use Abraham in such a way to prove to themselves that their faith is THE faith Tsk tskThe Why Diets Make Us Fat: The Unintended Consequences of Our Obsession with Weight Loss last chapter on the Blood of Abraham did bring me to solid ground I realized at the conclusion of this book that I just completed a journey of my own faith I have an appreciation for other faiths I do not believe there is only one faith or one way to God What I do know is I am comfortable with my choice of Christianity I choose Christ Iove Jesus Don't Hex with Texas lessons while he was among us I desire to follow his teaching I will also pray for those who follow theessons from Judaism and Muslims and I will continue To Pray For Peace I Figure We pray for peace I figure we so far to go And We Have So Many we have so many just within Christianity Why must we go out of our way to criticize others faiths Catholics Baptists Methodist Lutherans etc I believe again the important message is that we all come to God in a different way and we choose that belief based on our gifts and our needs Abraham s message of monotheism is the foundationBruce ends his book with this thought This Abraham is not Jew christian or Muslim He is not flawless he s not a saint But he is himself the best vessel we ve got the father of all This Abraham won t be the only Abraham He won t be the ast Abraham But he is an Abraham for today I choose himI have to thank Bruce for taking me on this journey I feel ike a child that has just had a huge world opened up to me Thankfully I can continue this journey with my strong and confident faith in God and Jesus and I can appreciate Abraham s guidance in bringing me this far So Professor what do we know about Abraham I asked 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 Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation learn about Abraham by interviewing members of various faiths and finds himself enmeshed in a bewildering array ofegends and claims Abraham begins ife as a polytheist in Ur but is called by a
foreign god yahwehgod Yahweh journey to a new and The promise by this strange god All the families of the earth shall bless themselves by you Various passages in the Bible retain echoes of this polytheism Abraham is a transitional figure with a foot in both worldsIn this new Bunco Babes Tell All land two sons are born to Abraham and God asks Abraham to sacrifice one of them as a test of his faith So diverse are theegends about Abraham that there is not even agreement over which son is the reuested sacrifice but the Biblical account favors Isaac This sacrifice of whichever son plays a major role in Judaism Christianity and Islam Feiler writes Considering that I set out in search of what I thought was one Abraham at the heart of all three faiths I was amazed by how much time I spent trying to figure out when one religion s Abraham ended and another beganThe Jewish religion appears to have seniority Long before Christians and Muslims set about reinterpreting Abraham early Jews were the first to perform reconstructive surgery on their purported father Feiler describes how the Israelites set about codifying their Bible gathering and recording oral stories Suddenly Israel had scripture that described their ancestors but what difference did that make They still needed to make that text relevant to their ives They needed midrash umran provides excellent examples of Jewish midrash and how Abraham was molded into their imageSome years ater Christians entered the scene In Paul s fourteen etters he refers to Abraham nineteen times than any other figure except Jesus. Lling author of Walking the Bible searches for the man at the heart of the world's three monotheistic religions and today's deadliest conflictsAt 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 key to our deepest fears and ou. ,
This book is interesting from an cultural perspective but I certainly wouldn t recommend it to anyone seriously interested in earning about the historical figure Abraham Although Feiler interviews several authorities from different faiths the book is in no way a scholarly approach to the belief systems of Judaism Christianity and Islam Rather it is the journey of one man who is rather unsure of his own beliefs asking uestions of other people about their belief systems how they relate to the various perceptions of Abraham the patriarch and then sort of piecing it all together in a slightly journalistic way I picked it up expecting a few facts and uite a few ess slanted interpretations but I might as well have picked up a book which claims to give explanation and detail to the physical characteristics of the human heart and then is simply one person s interpretations of a person s heart feelingsThat much wasn t so bad it was intriguing to read the perspective of a Jewish American on his own religion and that of Islam and Christianity but I had to put the whole thing down for a few weeks while reading his obnoxiously written perspective on Christianity It was somewhat ike watching the news these days and seeing a five minute positive report on Obama and then a thirty second negative report on McCain I m not really a fan of either one but it s still irritating to watch such biased journalism Feiler s approach was similar only in this case I do happen to know a bit about the historical and current perspectives of Christianity on Abraham as well as on other Christian perspectives and Feiler s interpretations were infuriating For example here is what he writes in first introducing the man from whom he derives his information about Christian beliefs We are sitting in his crowded kitchen in the Old City a few steps from the Holy Sepulcher and he s fussing around ike a talkative aunt Bishop Theophanes is a kitchen table conjurer or sorts a short hearty Nathan Lane ook alike with a beard who could serve as the magician at a backyard birthday party but who happens to be the head of the Greek Orthodox Church in the holiest spot in Christendom He gives a picture of a half wit then proceeds to cite sources as being accurate to biblical Christianity but with which I doubt many in even the broad worldwide scope of Christianity would agreeEven aggravating Feiler regards both Judaism and Islam with great respect even referring to the Koran and Mohammad s revelations as though they are completely accurate but then treats the New Testament in much the same way as one might treat a fairy tale with statements Close to Hugh like Jesus followers spread word that Jesus had not actually died irreparably on the cross So Mohammad definitely received revelations from Allah but Jesus couldn t possibly have risen from the dead The whole thing would beaughable if it weren t so blatantly slanted against Women and Self Esteem lending any credence to the Christian faith I would have expected that but I wouldn t have expected him to portray both Judaism and Islam so much respectfullyThere are manyittle things which contribute to the disposability of this book such as the blanket statement that Muslim discrimination against nonbelievers while profound never reached the Toy to Toy (Disney/Pixar Toy Story 3) levels of Christian hostility to Jews That interpretation is nothing close to accurate yet it and othersike it are Consistent Throughout Feiler S Writing throughout Feiler s writing may be interesting as a one time read but to Charity lend the author any real authority on these matters even that of Abraham about whom he discusses manyegends but doesn t even
decide whether the man actually existed or not would be a crime Overall I d categorize this book aswhether the man actually existed or not would be a crime Overall I d categorize this book as man s uestions and interpretations regaring the abilities of the main three world religions to coexist peacefully than a true search for the historical figure of Abraham Abraham is a hugely important figure in the three major monotheistic religions Judaism Christianity and Islam Indeed these three religions are often referred to as the Abrahamic religions which shows the great importance attributed to this figure who ived around the year 2000 BCEIn Bruce Feiler s enthralling book we are taken into the heart of the Holy Land where the author talks to many earned figures from these three religions and explores shrines tombs and important places of worsh I Catch and Release: Trout Fishing and the Meaning of Life listened to this book on Audible a while back I found the narrative to be a fascinating tour through the Genesis account and very eye opening in helping me to understand the claim the three great world religions have on this patriarch This is an easy read It is not designed as a scholarly book with extensive footnotes It is 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 interpretation of the Abraham based on the words in the Pearl of Great Price books of Moses and Abraham I found it hard to set aside the teachings of the church in reading about all of these other traditions I think the best part of the book for me is to open my eyes to the stories of Hagar and Ismael They are really compelling figures right in the Hebrew Bible Iike this book I ike the ight conversational tone and the great story telling talent of Bruce FeilerIt is a good Read In My Book Approach With Caution This Book Packed in my book Approach with caution This book packed whopper for me nearly knocked me on my butt I have been interested in Road Map to Holland: How I Found My Way Through My Son's First Two Years with Down Syndrome learning about the similarities of the three major faiths in the world and wasooking forward to reading this book The book begins with a uote from Genesis 12 2 3 with God s promise to Abraham I will make your name great and you shall be a blessing I will bless those who bless you and curse him that curses you And all the families of the earth shall bless themselves by you What I wasn t prepared for was how man uses Abraham to justify their faithsBruce broke the chapters out by focusing on the Rock of Abraham his home the God of Abraham his Birth and Call the Children of Abraham Ishmael and Issac the People of Abraham Jews Christians and Muslims and the Blood of Abraham his ega. Both immediate and timeless Abraham is a powerful universal story the first ever interfaith portrait of the man God chose to be his partner Thoughtful and inspiring it offers a rare vision of hope that will redefine what we think about our neighbors our future and ourselvesIn this timely provocative and uplifting journey the bestse. .