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Shared stories, rival tellings : early encounters of Jews, Christians, and Muslims

Author: Robert C Gregg
Publisher: Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are considered kindred religions--holding ancestral heritages and monotheistic belief in common--but there are definitive distinctions between these 'Abrahamic' peoples. Shared Stores, Rival Tellings explores the early exchanges of Jews, Christians, and Muslims, and argues that their interactions were dominated by debates over the meanings of certain stories sacred to all three  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Bible stories
Comparative studies
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert C Gregg
ISBN: 9780190231491 0190231491
OCLC Number: 906169674
Description: xviii, 721 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Part I. Cain and Abel/Qabil and Habil. Preview, chapters 1-3: the first murder --
Cain's fratricide: rabbis and other early Jewish writers judge the case --
Cain and Abel christianized --
"Tell them the story of the two sons of Adam as it really was" --
Comparative summary: Cain and Abel/Qabil and Habil --
part II. Sarah and Hagar: mothers to three families. Preview, chapters 4-6: Abraham's rival wives --
Sarah and Hagar: Jewish portrayals --
Sarah and Hagar in Christian retellings --
Hagar and Ishmael, Abraham's family in Mecca --
Comparative summary: Sarah and Hagar: mothers to three families --
part III. Joseph's temptation by his Egyptian master's wife. Preview, chapters 7-9: Joseph/Yusuf and the temptress --
Joseph and Potiphar's wife: Jewish interpretations --
Joseph put to the test: Christian sermons and art --
Yusuf with Zulaykha --
Comparative summary: Joseph's temptation by his Egyptian master's wife --
part IV. Jonah the angry prophet. Preview, chapters 10-12: "The one of the fish" --
Jonah, Nineveh, the great fish, and God: Jews ponder the story --
Jonah and Jesus: in one story, two --
Islam's Yunus: from anger to praise --
Comparative summary: Jonah the angry prophet --
part V. Mary, Miriam, Maryam. Preview, chapters 13-15: Mary through the eyes of three religions --
Mary in Christian imagination: from Jewish maiden to ever-virgin to heavenly advocate --
Miriam, mother of Yeshu the false messiah: Jewish counterstories --
Maryam, mother of `Isa: "chosen ... over the women of all peoples" --
Comparative summary: Mary, Miriam, Maryam --
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In Shared Stories, Rival Tellings, Robert Gregg performs a comparative investigation of how Jewish, Christian, and Muslim interpreters developed their distinctive and exclusionary understandings of  Read more...


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Robert Gregg's Shared Stories is a rich comparative study of diverse Jewish, Christian, and Muslim portrayals of important characters in the three religions' scriptures...It provides an excellent Read more...

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