The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam - New Edition

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Princeton University Press, Jul 1, 2010 - Religion - 264 pages
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F.E. Peters, a scholar without peer in the comparative study of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, revisits his pioneering work after twenty-five years. Peters has rethought and thoroughly rewritten his classic The Children of Abraham for a new generation of readers-at a time when the understanding of these three religious traditions has taken on a new and critical urgency.


He began writing about all three faiths in the 1970s, long before it was fashionable to treat Islam in the context of Judaism and Christianity, or to align all three for a family portrait. In this updated edition, he lays out the similarities and differences of the three religious siblings with great clarity and succinctness and with that same remarkable objectivity that is the hallmark of all the author's work.


Peters traces the three faiths from the sixth century B.C., when the Jews returned to Palestine from exile in Babylonia, to the time in the Middle Ages when they approached their present form. He points out that all three faith groups, whom the Muslims themselves refer to as "People of the Book," share much common ground. Most notably, each embraces the practice of worshipping a God who intervenes in history on behalf of His people.


The book's text is direct and accessible with thorough and nuanced discussions of each of the three religions. Updated footnotes provide the reader with expert guidance into the highly complex issues that lie between every line of this stunning and timely new edition of The Children of Abraham.
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Academic Peters takes a look at the history of Judaism, Christianity and Islam from their beginnings to about the Middle Ages and compares and contrasts them. He begins with a broad historic overview ... Read full review

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Responding to renewed interest in the common foundation of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Peters (Middle Eastern studies, history, & religion, NYU) has thoroughly updated his 1982 classic overview ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

F.E. Peters is Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, History, and Religion at New York University. John L. Esposito is University Professor of Religion and International Affairs and Founding Director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

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