Essay about The Abrahamic Religions And Islam

1235 Words Jan 3rd, 2016 null Page
The three largest Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, are involved in one of the largest complex religious conflicts. On one hand Abraham is used to highlight certain commonalities among the three religions such as their common interest in one, principal religious figure. On the other hand, each religion views Abraham playing different roles. However, one thing all three religions have in common is their claim that due to Abraham’s covenant with God, they are the chosen people. With three separate groups claiming to be the sole heirs, who truly are the chosen people? F.E. Peters claims that the intertwining relationship between the three Abrahamic religions causes obscurities when discussing the inheritors of the covenant. In this paper I will address Abraham’s presence and the covenant within the three religions along with discussing F.E. Peters’ claim.

In Judaism, Abraham was the first Hebrew patriarch. Born Abram in the city of Ur in Babylonia around circa 1800 BCE, he was the son of Terach, an idol worshiper. Abram was consistently questioning his father’s faith, and in a polytheistic age, Abram believed that the universe was the work of one single creator and many stories account of Abram smashing his father’s idols. These stories show Abram believing and worshiping in one god, and allowing for monotheism to begin. Eventually, the true Creator called to Abram and asked of him to leave his home and country. If Abram complied, God promised, “I…

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