Interpreting Abraham: Journeys to Moriah

Interpreting Abraham: Journeys to Moriah


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The text presents a collection of essays that reflect upon the narrative of Gods command to Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac in Genesis 22. It explores various readings of Abraham and the Akedah story throughout history, including traditional, modern, and postmodern readings, as well as through Jewish, Christian, and Islamic lenses.The book demonstrates the diversity of interpretations, and the dramatic impact of the story on the Western intellectual tradition.

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ISBN-13: 9780800699581
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2014
Pages: 233
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Bradley Beach is associate professor of philosophy at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. His philosophical interests are centered upon metaphysics, philosophy of religion, and philosophical theology. He has published papers in metaphysics, ethics, and postmodernism.Matthew Powell received his Ph.D. from Marquette University, studying the relationship between tradition and contemporary Western society through the lens of literature and philosophy. He has taught at Walsh University and has published extensively on the life and works of Franz Kafka.

Table of Contents

Contributors ix

Preface xi

Part I Traditional Readings

1 Judaism 3

Jewish Uses of the Akedah-Genesis 22:1-19 Rabbi John H. Spitzer

2 Christianity 27

Traditional Christian Interpretation of Genesis 22 Carey Walsh

3 Islam 57

Engaging with Abraham and His Knife: Interpretation of Abraham's Sacrifice in the Muslim Tradition Ism Yazicioglu

Part II Modern Readings

4 Kant 87

The Attack on Abraham Ronald Green

5 Hegel 101

Abductwe Inference, Autonomy, and the Faith of Abraham Preston Stovall

6 Kierkegaard 131

Resignation and the "Humble Courage of Faith" in Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling Andrew Tebbutt

Part III Post-Traditional Readings

7 Kafka 149

A Tale of Two Abrahams Matthew T. Powell

8 Levinas 169

Unbinding the Other: Levinas, the Akedah, and Going beyond the Subject Laurence Bove

9 Derrida 187

Derrida and the Test of Secrecy Chris Danta

Part IV Today

10 Our Journeys to Moriah Bradley Beach 213

Bibliography 221

Index of Names 229

Index of Biblical References 231

Index of Quranic References 233

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