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Images Of Abraham And G-D In A Jewish Reading Of Genesis

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The publication of Bruce Feiler's, Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths, opens the long-standing question of Abraham's role as the founder of western monotheism in general and his foundational roles in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Readers recognize that Abraham commands great interest in each of the three monotheistic traditions because of his relationship with G-d. By raising questions concerning G-d's fidelity to the covenant with Abraham, the Abraham/Sarah narratives in Genesis 11:27-25:11 provide the reader with an opportunity to reflect the questions of divine evil, including the potential for exile and loss of land, in Jewish tradition. Genesis 12-14 then provides a detailed picture of Abram and his interaction with G-d. Finally, Genesis 21 presents the birth of Isaac to Sarah and Abraham, resolving the literary tensions surrounding Sarah's barrenness and G-d's unfulfilled promises of a son.

Keywords: Abraham/Sarah narrative; birth of Isaac; Bruce Feiler; Christianity; G-d; Genesis; Islam; Judaism; western monotheistic tradition



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