Inheriting Abraham: The Legacy of the Patriarch in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

How Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have reimagined Abraham in their own images


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Sep 30, 2012
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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.

Awards and Recognition

  • Best Nonfiction Jewish Book of 2012, Jewish Ideas Daily.com
  • One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2013