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Shared Stories, Rival Tellings: Early Encounters of Jews, Christians, and Muslims

Robert C. Gregg


The phrase “Abrahamic Religions” points to commonalities between Jews, Christians, and Muslims, but downplays critical differences between the three communities’ systems of belief and practice. Commonalities involve being book centered, and having in their cherished writings—the two Bibles and the Qur’an—revelations attributed to one God, not many. Twenty-seven narratives are, though not strictly identical in form and content, sacred to the three religions. They feature such personages as Adam and Eve, Noah, Lot, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David, Solomon, and Job, as well as notable prophe ... More

Keywords: book-centered religions, Bibles, Qur’an, culture, contact, interpreters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190231491
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190231491.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert C. Gregg, author
Emeritus Professor in Religious Studies, Stanford University