The Making of the Abrahamic Religions in Late Antiquity

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The Oxford Handbook of the Abrahamic Religions includes authoritative yet accessible studies on a wide variety of topics dealing comparatively with Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as with the interactions between the adherents of these religions throughout history.

Exploring Abrahamic Religions, with Guy Stroumsa

The comparative study of the Abrahamic Religions has been undertaken for many centuries. More often than not, these studies reflected a polemical rather than an ecumenical approach to the topic. Since the nineteenth century, the comparative study of the Abrahamic Religions has not been pursued either intensively or systematically, and it is only recently that the comparative study of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam has received more serious attention.

This volume contributes to the emergence and development of the comparative study of the Abrahamic religions, a discipline which is now in its formative stages. This Handbook includes both critical and supportive perspectives on the very concept of the Abrahamic religions and discussions on the role of the figure of Abraham in these religions. Brent Nongbri. ISBN I detect a theme. Although the terminology has existed for centuries, the years since the World Trade Center attacks have seen a considerable growth of interest in the concept of Abrahamic religions, in the form of book titles, conferences, professorships, university course catalogs, and, of course, media outlets.

Hughes subjected the concept to a stringent examination. Hughes argued at length that Abrahamic religions is a vacuous term more at home in interfaith dialogue than academic inquiry. The critique leveled by 1. Stroumsa, eds.

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The Making of the Abrahamic Religions in Late Antiquity collects and revises material from eleven essays, most of which were published between and The resulting book has less in common with the growing literature on Abrahamic religions and seems more a part of a different, though related, scholarly growth industry, namely, the push to view early Islam as a part of the late antique world.

Stroumsa begins by challenging the traditional view that, over this time period, there was a neat division between monotheism and polytheism. The body of the book is divided into four parts. Stroumsa notes that periods aside from the middle of the first millennium BCE also witnessed widespread transformations in human life. With that caveat in mind, he goes on to narrate the changing fortunes of Jewish and Christian communities under the shifting imperial structures of the Roman and later Christian Empire in the West and the Sassanian and later Muslim Empire in the East.

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