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At 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

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ISBN-10:  0380977761
ISBN-13:  978-0380977765
Author:  Bruce Feiler
Genre:  Religion & Spirituality
Publisher:  William Morrow
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review by . September 14, 2008
Feiler, Bruce. "Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths", Harper Perennial, 2002.    Understanding Abraham    Amos Lassen     Bruce Feiler is something of an expert on the land of the Bible. An expert, however, is not necessarily a scholar and his study of Abraham has several inaccuracies. Nevertheless it is a fascinating read and despite the title, it leans quite heavily on the Judaic interpretation of Abraham. What Feiler does …
review by . June 16, 2003
While being the common ancestor shared by the three predominate monotheistic faiths, Abraham is revered, respected, interpreted, misinterpreted and sometimes even manipulated by theologians and the faithful who seek claim him as their own. Bruce Feiler attempts to collect the varied and sometimes conflicting stories of the man many believe to be the first to enter into a covenant with God.Universal agreement concerning Abraham does not come easily. Most Jewish, Christian or Moslems would agree that …
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