Abraham's Family

A Network of Meaning in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

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Lukas Bormann
  • Tübingen, Germany: 
    Mohr Siebeckhr Siebeckhr Siebeck GmbH & Company
    , November
     497 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Abraham, whom the apostle Paul calls the »father of us all« (Rom 4:16), was a central figure in Judaism from the outset and came to be important in Christianity and Islam. The Abraham tradition is an issue of narrative and counter-narrative, memory and counter-memory. Moreover, Abraham's family is brought in as a network of meaning to express opposition, antithesis or common ground within and between different religious movements. The contributions to this volume discuss the presentation and reception of Abraham's family in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The topics cover Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Second Temple writings, New Testament, Rabbinic literature, Greek, Latin and Syriac church fathers, as well as Jewish medieval interpretation and a twelfth-century Arabic travel report of a pilgrimage to Mecca.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Lukas Bormann is Professor for New Testament at the Philipps-University Marburg.


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