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The Convergence of Judaism and IslamReligious, Scientific, and Cultural Dimensions$
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Michael M. Laskier and Yaacov Lev

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036496

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036496.001.0001

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The Quran's Depiction of Abraham in Light of the Hebrew Bible and Midrash

The Quran's Depiction of Abraham in Light of the Hebrew Bible and Midrash

(p.45) 4 The Quran's Depiction of Abraham in Light of the Hebrew Bible and Midrash
The Convergence of Judaism and Islam

Bat-Sheva Garsiel

University Press of Florida

This chapter analyzes the Quran, stressing the possible Jewish, Christian, Judeo-Christian, or Gnostic sources of inspiration for the Quranic revelation. Abraham emerges as a figure that is respected by the Bible and Quran. Although at first glance the Quranic depiction of Abraham “seems to be a modification of some earlier Jewish traditions,” Abraham is perceived in the Quran as a prophet, the father of the believers, and the first Muslim. The Prophet saw himself as the final prophet in the footsteps of Abraham, where true monotheistic religion was falsified by the Jews and Christians.

Keywords:   Abraham, Hebrew, Bible, Quran, Midrash, monotheism

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