Download PDF by Aaron W. Hughes: Abrahamic Religions: On the Uses and Abuses of History

By Aaron W. Hughes

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Lately, the time period "Abrahamic religions" has been used with exceeding frequency within the academy. We now usually stumble upon educational books, meetings, or even positions (including endowed chairs) dedicated to the so-called "Abrahamic religions." yet what precisely are "Abrahamic religions"? even though many understand him because the universal denominator of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Abraham is still deceptively out of achieve. An ahistorical determine, a few contend he holds the seeds for old reconciliation. Touted as image of ecumenicism, Abraham can simply as simply functionality as one in all department and exclusivity. Like our knowing of Abraham, the class "Abrahamic religions" is obscure and nebulous. In Abrahamic Religions, Aaron Hughes examines the construction and dissemination of this term.

Usually misplaced in modern discussions is a suite of the most important questions: the place does the time period "Abrahamic religions" derive? Who created it and for what reasons? what kind of highbrow paintings is it appeared to practice? half genealogical and half analytical, this e-book seeks to elevate and solution questions about the appropriateness and value of applying "Abrahamic religions" as a motor vehicle for figuring out and classifying information. In so doing, Abrahamic Religions will be taken as a case learn that examines the development of different types in the educational research of faith, displaying how the kinds we hire can turn into extra an obstacle than an expedient to realizing.

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The present chapter analyzes the term from its origins in Pauline literature until roughly the first half of the twentieth century. Although Paul, as far as I am aware, never used the adjective “Abrahamic,” he certainly spoke of “the covenant of Abraham” and of “Abraham’s offspring” to denote spiritual fulfillment in Jesus. Until roughly the midtwentieth century I cannot find a single instance of the term “Abrahamic” in which it is used positively. Either it is invoked in this Pauline sense or, among Orientalists, to demonstrate the derivative nature of Islam.

Is there something about his persona that somehow structures the subsequent theological elaborations within and between these three traditions? Surely there are many other shared individuals from the religious myths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam that also represent the same virtues he does? For example, we could easily point to Moses in Judaism, Jesus in Christianity, and Muhammad in Islam. It seems most likely, however, that Abraham draws significance from his “chronological” placement. Since he exists prior to the Mosaic revelation at Sinai, Abraham becomes a fi gure or a trope that later monotheists can use to legitimate themselves without literally buying into the Jewish message of chosenness.

Owing to the fact that he is also upheld as the progenitor of both Christianity and Islam, we also encounter him, albeit with less extensive narrative focus and with different emphases, in the New Testament, especially within the letters of Paul, and scattered throughout the Quran. Because of Abraham’s importance to these two later traditions, there is also much said about him in subsequent Christian and Muslim theological writings. To get a full sense of Abraham in these respective traditions is a scholarly desideratum, and such a study, if done historically as opposed to theologically, would ideally provide tremendous insights into the rival constructions of Abraham.

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