Crisis, Call, and Leadership in the Abrahamic Traditions

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Over three years of study and fellowship, sixteen Muslim, Jewish, and Christian scholars sought to answer one question: “Do our three scriptures unite or divide us?” They offer their answers in this book: sixteen essays on how certain ways of reading scripture may draw us apart and other ways may draw us, together, into the source that each tradition calls peace. Reading scriptural sources in the classical and medieval traditions, the authors examine how each tradition addresses the “other” within its tradition ...

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Overview

Over three years of study and fellowship, sixteen Muslim, Jewish, and Christian scholars sought to answer one question: “Do our three scriptures unite or divide us?” They offer their answers in this book: sixteen essays on how certain ways of reading scripture may draw us apart and other ways may draw us, together, into the source that each tradition calls peace. Reading scriptural sources in the classical and medieval traditions, the authors examine how each tradition addresses the “other” within its tradition and without, how all three traditions attend to poverty as a societal and spiritual condition, and what it means to read scripture while facing the challenges of modernity. Ochs and Johnson have assembled a unique approach to inter-religious scholarship and a rare look at scriptural study as a pathway to peace.

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“Scriptural reasoning, the growing practice of Jews, Christians, and Muslims reading their scriptures together, makes good academic and common sense in a time of crisis. This ground-breaking book, the outcome of an imaginative 3-year experiment by the Princeton Center of Theological Inquiry, shows scholars and thinkers of the Abrahamic traditions going deeper into the traditions and into their contemporary situation. The result is something new, wise, and relevant… full of promise for the future. Where else can one find testimonies to Jews, Christians, and Muslims coming together not only in study, thinking, and wisdom-seeking but also in play, joy, and friendship?”—David F. Ford, Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge and Director, Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230618251
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/15/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Ochs is Edgar Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia. He co-founded the Society for Textual Reasoning (studies in Jewish textuality and philosophy) and the Society for Scriptural Reasoning (fellowships of inter-Abrahamic scriptural study and interpretation). Among his books are Another Reformation: Postliberal Christianity and the Jews; Peirce, Pragmatism and the Logic of Scripture; Textual Reasonings (co-edited with Nancy Levene); and Renewing the Covenant (with Eugene Borowitz).

William Stacy Johnson is Arthur M. Adams Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. An ordained Presbyterian minister and a lawyer, Johnson, who earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University, has authored and edited a number of books, including H. Richard Niebuhr: Theology, History,and Culture (Yale University Press, 1996), The Mystery of God: Karl Barth and the Postmodern Foundations of Theology (Westminster John Knox Press, 1997), A Time to Embrace: Same-gender Relationships in Religion, Law, and Politics (Eerdmans, 2006), and John Calvin, Reformer for the Twenty-First Century (Westminster John Knox Press, 2009).

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Table of Contents

Introduction / Stacy Johnson and Peter Ochs
• PART I: COMMUNAL IDENTITY AND THE OTHER
• Introduction / Stacy Johnson
• The Sign of Jonah, A Christian Perspective on the Relation of the Abrahamic Faiths / Kendall Soulen
• Islam as our Other, Islam as Ourselves / Steven Kepnes
• Qur’an and the Image of the “Other,” The Good, the Bad, the Ugly / Mehdi Aminrazavi
• “These are the Generations,” Reasoning with Rabbi Samuel ben Meier / Michael Signer
• The Sacredness of the Other, Abraham’s Sacrifice as Test, Protest, and Testament / Stacy Johnson
• PART II: SPIRITUALITY AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: POVERTY AND CHARITY
• Introduction / Kevin Hughes
• The Poor Are Always With You / Kevin Hughes
• Hearing the Cry of the Poor / Aryeh Cohen
• The Tests of Poverty / Timothy Gianotti
• In the Bosom of Abraham, Saint Bonaventure, Lazarus, and the Houses of Hospitality / Anne Astell
• Charity and the Good Life, On Islamic Prophetic Ethics / Mohammed Azadpur
Lawe, loue and lewete, The Kenotic Vision of Traditional Christian Political Theology / R. R. Reno
• PART III: ABRAHAMIC TRADITIONS AND MODERNITY
• Introduction / Maria Masi Dakake
• Human Contention and Divine Argument, Faith and Truth in the Qur’anic Story of Abraham / Maria Masi Dakake
• Abraham in the Image of Job, A Model for Post-Modern Readings of Scripture / Elizabeth Alexander
• Moses and the Mountain of Knowledge / Robert Jenson
• Moses in the Sea, Reading Scripture as Liturgical Performance / Peter Ochs
• Transfigured Exegesis / Clifton Black

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