To Each, His Abraham

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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