In his widely acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Walking The Bible, Bruce Feiler set out on an unprecedented journey retracing the greatest stories ever told. In this provocative, deeply moving follow-up, Feiler embarks on another one-of-a-kind journey: a search for the man at the heart of the world?three monotheistic religions ?nd at the center ...Read MoreIn his widely acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Walking The Bible, Bruce Feiler set out on an unprecedented journey retracing the greatest stories ever told. In this provocative, deeply moving follow-up, Feiler embarks on another one-of-a-kind journey: a search for the man at the heart of the world?three monotheistic religions ?nd at the center of today?deadliest wars. Here is one man?personal quest to better understand the patriarch of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the man all three religions call ?d?Friend.?braham is the lynchpin of the Arab-Israeli Conflict. He is the focal point of the battle between the United States and Islamic Terrorists. He is the father of twelve million Jews, one billion Muslims, and three billion Christians. Bruce Feiler gives us a rare vision of hope. With grace and eloquence, he shows that despite the hate sown for centuries in his name, the father of the world?most enduring faith actually embodies a message of inclusion and tolerance. The first book of its kind, Abraham will change how you think about your religion, your heritage, your neighbours.Read Less
This book details a journey through the life and impact of the father figure of three faiths, Abraham, a journey that manages to be both intensely personal and global in scope . Insightful and entertaining, it is thought provoking as well, leaving the reader with new concepts and questions to ponder long after the book has been read. Although I have read the Biblical story of Abraham many times, Bruce Feiler identifies details and aspects of the account I had never noticed, and relates the story to the many conflicting currents of today's events.
Publishers Weekly, 2002-07-22 Feiler, who penned last year's bestseller Walking the Bible, once again offers a winning combination of history, travel and spiritual memoir. Arguing that Abraham, the purported "father" of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, "holds the breadth of the past and perhaps the dimensions of the future in his life story," Feiler sets out to recover Abraham as he is portrayed in all three religions. The book's first half addresses what the Bible and Koran say about Abraham, his call to monotheism, and his sons Isaac and Ishmael. Particularly fascinating are Feiler's discussions of how the three religious traditions invented stories about Abraham to supplement the rather skeletal canonical version and even borrowed these stories from one another, as when Muslim traditions about Abraham and Ishmael began appearing in eighth-century Jewish commentaries. The second half very poignantly delves into each faith tradition and discusses how the Abraham narratives relate to contemporary religious and political conflicts. No one writes description quite like Feiler. His claim, for example, that "the Holy Sepulcher is to a church what Picasso is to a portrait a cubist vision of fractured beauty" is an arresting and perfectly imagined analogy, and he mellifluously depicts the Arabic language as "flowing, evolved, [and] sculpted, like a dune." More important than Feiler's masterful wordsmithing is his passionate engagement of the subject matter. Italics are everywhere, yet they don't feel overused; Feiler has a keen sense of what is at stake when these three religions claim Abraham as their father. This is a joy to read. (Sept.) Forecast: Walking the Bible has sold a quarter of a million copies in all versions and is still selling well it occupied the second spot on PW's paperback religion bestsellers list in June. This book will get substantial boosts from national advertising, a 25-city author tour and additional author appearances. In October and November, the book will also be used as a springboard for interfaith discussions in as many as 100 U.S. cities. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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