Encounters of the Children of Abraham from Ancient to Modern Times

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Christianity, Judaism and Islam - the Children of Abraham - constitute the spiritual foundations of Western civilization. They affect the interactions of entire nations and individuals, though their history is often understood as one of conflict and controversy. The present volume documents past encounters and confrontations, though it also shows that the history of the three faiths is not merely one of conflict but also one of co-existence and dialogue. The rich shared theological traditions of the Abrahamic religions provide positive encouragement to present-day meetings between their followers. The book contains 16 contributions by scholars from various fields of religious studies. It should appeal to everyone interested in interreligious encounters.

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Biographical Note

Antti Laato, Dr.Theol. (1988) in Old Testament Exegetics, Åbo Akademi University, Finland, is Professor of Old Testament Exegetics and Judaic Studies at Åbo Akademi University. He has published extensively on the Old Testament, as well as Jewish Messianic beliefs. He is co-editor of Theodicy in the World of the Bible (Brill 2003) and main editor of the series Studies in the Rewritten Bible (Eisenbauns).

Pekka Lindqvist, Dr. Theol. (2006) in Judaic Studies, Åbo Akademi University, Finland, is a teacher and post-doctoral research fellow in Exegetics and Judaic Studies at Åbo Akademi University. He has published a monograph Sin at Sinai(/i> (Eisenbrauns 2008) and is currently working on a text book in Finnish on early Jewish texts.


Table of contents

NTRODUCTION
Antti Laato and Pekka Lindqvist

PART ONE
INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE—THEORETICAL VIEWPOINTS THE REALM OF THE BETWEEN
Ruth Illman
BASIC OF THEOLOGY OF RELIGION
Hans-Olof Kvist

PART TWO
BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION AND ITS IMPACTS RIGHT TO LIFE AND JEWISH-CHRISTIAN ETHICS IN THE ROMAN WORLD: A CASE STUDY OF THE FIGHTING MEN AND THE UNHAPPY BIRTH
Erkki Koskenniemi
“BROTHER ESAU?” ESAU IN RABBINIC MIDRASH
Gerhard Langer

PART THREE
ENCOUNTERS AND CONFRONTATIONS BETWEEN THE CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM IN LATE ANTIQUITY JUSTIN MARTYR ENCOUNTERS JUDAISM
Antti Laato
RABBINIC LITERATURE AND CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES
Jacob Neusner
RABBINIC REACTIONS TO THE CHRISTIANIZATION OF ROMAN PALESTINE. A SURVEY OF RECENT RESEARCH
Gunter Stemberger
LESS ANTAGONISTIC NUANCES IN THE EARLY JEWISH ATTITUDE TOWARDS CHRISTIANITY
Pekka Lindqvist

PART FOUR
ENCOUNTERS AND CONFRONTATIONS BETWEEN THE CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM IN THE MIDDLE AGE THE OPEN AND CLOSED IN EARLY MUSLIM SOCIETY
David Thomas
PALACE OF HISHAM AND 8TH CENTURY ICONOCLASM
Mikko Louhivuori
THE TRANSMISSION OF LATE ANTIQUE CULTURE INTO ISLAMIC CULTURE
Jaakko Hameen-Anttila
THE CONNECTION BETWEEN MUSLIMS AND JEWS IN THE FIELD OF SCIENCE IN THE MIDDLE AGES
Mariano Gomez Aranda
ON THE INFUSION OF PHILOSOPHICAL IDEAS INTO THE MEDIEVAL JEWISH CULTURE
Hannu Toyryla
MYSTICAL ENCOUNTERS: JEWISH, CHRISTIAN AND MUSLIM MYSTICS IN 13TH-14TH CENTURY SPAIN
Felicia Waldman

PART FIVE
CULTURAL ENCOUNTERS BETWEEN CHILDEN OF ABRAHAM IN MODERN TIMES
MISSION AMONG JEWS AND MUSLIMS IN MAHABAD. STRATEGIES OF THE GERMAN ORIENT MISSION IN IRAN
Martin Tamcke
ABRAHAM: CONFLICTING INTERPRETATION AND SYMBOL OF PEACEFUL COOPERATION
Pim Valkenberg

Readership

All those intrested in the history of the three monotheistic religions, their tehological traditions and their confrontations with each other; including students and scholars in Theology and History of Religions, in the Judaic Studies and the study of Islam.

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