Trials of Family and Faith
Extending the vein of analysis in which he previously has written to wide acclaim, Fretheim examines Abraham's family and assesses the significant roles it plays across three religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Relating biblical narrative to theological concerns, Fretheim wrestles with such controversial concepts as God's selection of an elect people, the gift of land and other promises, the role of women and outsiders, the character of God, and the suffering of innocents.
In addition Fretheim contributes to the increasingly important interreligious dialogue surrounding Abraham by examining the continuing conversation among Muslims, Christians, and Jews about the place of Hagar and Ishmael in Abraham's family. Throughout the text, Fretheim frames the narrative as rooted in the trials of family and faith that define the story of Abraham as the father of three religions.
About the Author
"Fretheim stays at the cutting edge of interpretation with his distinctive and compelling combination of critical acumen and theological sensitivity. Fretheim has for a long time pondered the Genesis texts and he brings his great learning to this book. But he also moves into the new questions concerning Abraham as 'father of faith' who summons Jews, Christians, and Muslims to think again and to read together as far as we can. Fretheim shows the way in which the interpretive traditions of Jews and Christians have lingered over Abraham. We have come a long way from both innocent pre-critical thought and from arid criticism. Fretheim is a reliable, first-rate guide for new paths of discernment. I cannot imagine a study that better serves the series of Studies on Personalities of the Old Testament."—Walter Brueggemann, professor emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary
"immensely enriching and readable . . . based on years of reflection and research that is well worth contemplating"—Shofar
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