October 15, 2012
To Each, His Abraham
Given the history of violence committed in the name of religion, efforts to bridge divides among faiths are laudable; but blurring their differences does a disservice to all.
That is Jon D. Levenson's contention in Inheriting Abraham: The Legacy of the Patriarch in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Princeton University Press), a study of the distinct but different Abrahams fashioned by the three faiths. "We show more respect to other identities when we acknowledge the