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Geneses : A Comparative Study of the Historiographies of the Rise of Christianity, Rabbinic Judaism, and Islam - John Tolan

Geneses

A Comparative Study of the Historiographies of the Rise of Christianity, Rabbinic Judaism, and Islam

By: John Tolan (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 25th April 2019
ISBN: 9780815362074
Number Of Pages: 260

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What is a religion? How do we discern the boundaries between religions, or religious communities? When does Judaism become Judaism, Christianity become Christianity, Islam become Islam? Scholars have increasingly called into question the standard narratives created by the various orthodoxies, narratives of steadfastness and consistency, of long and courageous maintenance of true doctrine and right practice over the centuries, in the face of opposition (and at times persecution) at the hands of infidels or heretics.

The 11 chapters in this book, Geneses: A Comparative Study of the Historiographies of the Rise of Christianity, Rabbinic Judaism and Islam, written by an international group of specialists the languages, religions, laws and cultures of early Judaism, Christianity and Islam, tackle these questions through a comparative study of these narratives: their formation over time, and their use today. They explore three key aspects of the field: (1) the construction (and scholarly deconstruction) of the narratives of triumph (and defeat) of religions, (2) how  legal imperatives are constructed from religious narratives and sacred texts, and (3) contemporary ramifications of these issues. In doing so, they tap into the significant body of research over the last 30 years, which has shown the fluidity and malleability of these religious traditions in relation to each other and to more traditional "pagan" and Zoroastrian religions and philosophical traditions.

This book represents an important contribution to, and a valuable resource for, the burgeoning field of comparative history of the Abrahamic religions.

ISBN: 9780815362074
ISBN-10: 0815362072
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 25th April 2019
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.88 x 15.75  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.52

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