Item description for Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths [With Headphones] by Bruce Feiler...
Outline ReviewAt a time when conflicts among three of the world's major religions--Islam, Judaism, and Christianity--are in the global spotlight, Bruce Feiler offers a stunning biography of the one man who unites all three religions: Abraham. "The most mesmerizing story of Abraham's life--his offering a son to God--plays a pivotal role in the holiest week of the Christian year, at Easter," writes Feiler. "The story is recited at the start of the holiest fortnight in Judaism, on Rosh Hashanah. The episode inspires the holiest day in Islam, 'Id al-Adha,' the Feast of the Sacrifice, at the climax of the Pilgrimage. And yet the religions can't even agree on which son he tried to kill." Herein lies the irony and perfection of Feiler's timing. As we struggle to find a path to peace among these three religions, all warring in Jerusalem, near the stone where Abraham brought his son for sacrifice, this captivating biography speaks to Abraham as the metaphor he is: the historically elusive man who embodies three religions, a character who has shape-shifted over the millennia to serve the clashing goals and dogma of each religion.
Anyone seeking to understand the roots of tension in the Middle East need look no further than the final half of this book, where Feiler interprets the meaning of Abraham as seen through the prism of each religion. Surprisingly, the book is as entertaining as it is thoughtful: Feiler is a masterful writer with a warm, humorous voice, a dazzling way with metaphors, and an underlying intelligence that comes through in every passage. Abraham deserves the highest of recommendations. --Gail Hudson
In this timely, provocative, and uplifting journey, the bestselling author of Walking the Bible searches for the man at the heart of the world's three monotheistic religions -- and today's deadliest conflicts.
At 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 our possible reconciliation. Abraham.
Bruce Feiler set out on a personal quest to better understand our common patriarch. Traveling in war zones, climbing through caves and ancient shrines, and sitting down with the world's leading religious minds, Feiler uncovers fascinating, little-known details of the man who defines faith for half the world.
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 ourselves.
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Running Time: 360.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.7" Width: 4.6" Height: 1.2" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2007
ISBN 1602527385 ISBN13 9781602527386
Reviews - What do customers think about Abraham: Library Edition?
Fair and Balanced - Great Historical Read Apr 15, 2010
I picked up this book because I'm a history buff and have found that the interesting stories of the Old Testament were rather glossed over my childhood Sunday School classes and adult church services. I found the stories as told by Bruce Feiler fascinating and I really enjoyed learning about the similarities and differences between the three faiths. Knowing that the author was jewish, I was prepared for a jewish slant, but found he treated all three religions very fairly and gave equal time to all. His conclusion is that all three religions have interpreted Abraham for their own, that generations in each religion have and will continue to re-interpret Abraham, and that this is not necessarily a bad thing. It only becomes a bad thing when one religion tries to claim Abraham (and other religious figures, events, practices)exclusivley for itself and shut out the other religions. I listened to this book on audio cd and enjoyed listening to the author read the book himself. His extensive research and enthusiasm for the subject made for a great audio book.
My journey Mar 27, 2010
This book gives a fascinating look at the past by bringing it to life in terms of our modern life. I would recommend it to others who like myself, are searching for a distant root. Bruce is a master at this subject. Plese read all his books.
Panoramic on the Patriarch Mar 17, 2010
Bruce Feiler lives life to the fullest. He learns. He travels. He experiences deeply spiritual journeys. He writes well, and using his literary skills along with the other things noted above, Feiler produces books that take us with him on each grandiose voyage. His book, Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths, does not disappoint.
As in his other works, Walking the Bible and Where God Was Born, Feiler openly identifies himself as a man of Jewish faith raised in the American South. His cultural context clearly noted, he then dives into the murky waters of searching for truth. Abraham may well be the most difficult project for Feiler as a man of faith. He painstakingly notes numerous ways in which followers of his own ethnic and religious tradition has molded sacred texts and crafted oral tradition so as to support their own agenda. He treats commentators and interpreters of Islam and Christianity in like fashion.
Across the narrative, the book gives a snapshot of Islam, Christianity and the Jewish religion with emphasis on how each claims a foundation in the patriarch Abraham.
Abraham provides a close investigation of the multifaceted and crafty, traveling monotheist. Using the texts of the Hebrew Bible, the Koran and numerous commentaries, Brue Feiler struggles with the dualism of Abraham, as both a unifier and a divider. Unquestionably for the majority of the world's religious followers, Abraham stands as a father of polemic children, making him the father of three international and contentious religions. Indeed Abraham is the father of the faith. Given all who claim lineage, Abraham's promise of offspring numbering as many as the grains of sand came to fruition. Can the father figure Abraham heal his larger than life, fractured and estranged family as it exists today?
Great Read Mar 9, 2010
THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF ABRAHAM. IT WOULD BE EVEN BETTER IF THE AUTHOR WOULD ALSO HAVE READ THE LDS BOOK CALLED THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE!! IT GIVES AN EVEN BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF ABRAHAM
Bringing together the thinking of 3 faiths Feb 6, 2010
Best read on the subject. Enlightening, showing how the history of religion has been manipulated by three faiths for their own people set in the times of the writing.