Author:
Daniel Flores
Subject:
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Module, Reading
Level:
Academic Lower Division
Tags:
  • Abrahamic
  • Christianity
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Not Reviewed
  • License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
    Language:
    English
    Media Formats:
    Text/HTML, Video

    World Religions: Introduction to Abrahamic Faiths

    World Religions: Introduction to Abrahamic Faiths

    Overview

    This material was created for use as an introduction to the Abrahamic Faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It builds on an open scholarly resource on the biblical character of Abraham of Ur in ancient Chaldea. 

    Beginnings

    Note to instructors: 

    This OER is created for the college course "World Religions: Introduction to Abrahamic Faiths." This course will examine the beliefs and practices of the three great Abrahamic world religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Use the text, image, and audio resources to add interest to your lectures. 

    The material provided in this OER is intended as a guide to the open resource Abraham in Jewish and Early Christian Literature by Sean A. Adams and Zanne Domoney-Lyttle, edited by Sean A. Adams and Zanne Domoney-Lyttle. 

    Abraham is one of the most important figures in the Hebrew Bible. His turn to monotheism suggests that he was a major reformer for his time. The impact of his action had implications for thousands of years to this day. Abraham, also known by his Arabic name Ibrahim, is celebrated as the founder of primitive Judaism, a hero of the Christian faith, and a prophet of Islam. He was the father of Isaac and Ishmael, patriarchs of the Jewish and Arab peoples, respectively. At this point, there is a divergence of interpretation that traces down to the three religions. This course will explore the origins and life story of Abraham as a foundation to the course goal of examining the core beliefs and practices of the major world religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. A central question to keep in mind throughout the course will be what continuity with the Abrahamic tradition remains between these great religions.  

    We will begin with a reading from chapter one of our textbook Abraham in Jewish and Early Christian Literature by Sean A. Adams and Zanne Domoney-Lyttle, edited by Sean A. Adams and Zanne Domoney-Lyttle. It is available at no cost directly from Bloomsbury at https://www.bloomsburycollections.com/book/abraham-in-jewish-and-early-christian-literature/introduction-abraham-in-jewish-and-christian-authors.

    Please view the attached YouTube video presentation "Tablets from Enki's Temple at Ur" by Dr. Daniel F. Flores. It is available online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUNWOO1MCVE.

         

     

     

     

     

     

    Image: anonymous master, Abraham meets Melchisedech (San Marco), marked as public domain, more details on Wikimedia Commons.

    Attributions

    Adams, Sean A., and Zanne Domoney-Lyttle. "Introduction: Abraham in Jewish and Christian Authors." In Abraham in Jewish and Early Christian Literature, edited by Sean A. Adams and Zanne Domoney-Lyttle, 1–8. London: T&T Clark, 2019. Accessed December 21, 2021. http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9780567675545.0005.

    Anonimous. Abraham meets Melchisedech (San Marco). Marked as public domain, more details on Wikimedia Commons

    Flores, Daniel F. “Tablets from Enki's Temple at Ur.” Tablets from Enki's Temple at Ur. Daniel F. Flores, December 2, 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUNWOO1MCVE.