Jews, Christians, and Muslims supposedly share a common religious heritage in the patriarch Abraham, and the idea that he should serve only as a source of unity among the three traditions has become widespread in both scholarly and popular circles. But in Inheriting Abraham, Jon Levenson reveals how the increasingly conventional notion of the three equally "Abrahamic" religions derives from a dangerous misunderstanding of key biblical and Qur'anic texts, fails to do full justice to any of the traditions, and is often biased against Judaism in subtle and pernicious ways.
Jon D. Levenson is the Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard University. His many books include Resurrection and the Restoration of Israel: The Ultimate Victory of the God of Life, which won the National Jewish Book Award, and Creation and the Persistence of Evil (Princeton).
Acknowledgments xi A Note on Transliteration from Hebrew xiii Abbreviations xv Introduction * Who Was (and Is) Abraham? 1 Chapter One * Call and Commission 18 Chapter Two * Frustrations and Fulfillments 36 Chapter Three * The Test 66 Chapter Four * The Rediscovery of God 113 Chapter Five * Torah or Gospel? 139 Chapter Six * One Abraham or Three? 173 Notes 215 Index of Primary Sources 235 Index of Modern Authors 243