Essay on Abrahamic, Is It Wrong?

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“Abrahamic,” Is it wrong? Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are the three largest monotheistic religions. Furthermore, they are referred to as the “Abrahamic religions.” Carol Bakhos claims that by emphasizing this common thread, it causes the major differences to be swept under the rug leading to misunderstanding (1). While I think Bakhos’ concerns, especially the ease such a term gives to overlooking the distinctions, are not without merit, I believe the term gives all three religions more attention, allowing for both the commonalities and differences to be discussed and studied more often. The Jewish narrative begins with the true Creator calling Abram to ask if he will leave his home and in return God would “make you [Abram] a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing I will bless those who bless you” (Genesis 12: 1-3). Abram was then tested when God asked in Genesis 22: “Take your son, your only son-yes, Isaac, whom you love so much-and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.” Abram complied all the way up until the last second when God intervened and told him to let his son go. As Bakhos states, Jews trace their lineage back to Abraham, whom “God singled out among all the inhabitants of the world” (52). It is this part that plays such a pivotal role in Judaism. Even though Abraham is the father of many nations, the covenant between God and…

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