Abraham. One God, Three Wives, Five Religions by Frances Worthington

By Frances Worthington

In Abraham: One God, 3 better halves, 5 Religions, writer Frances Worthington explores the 3 wives/concubines (Sarah, Hagar, and Keturah) of Abraham, and strains their lineage to 5 varied religions—Christianity, Judaism, Islam, the Babi religion, and the Bahai religion. studying the scripture and traditions of those 5 "Abrahamic" faiths, this advanced tale additionally attracts seriously from a wealthy number of old assets that offer a desirable backdrop. The narrative follows the lifetime of Abraham from his start, via his marriages and the delivery of his childrens, and his repeated exiles. It additionally offers nice perception into the lives of the founders of the 5 Abrahamic Faiths—Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, the Báb, and Baha'u'llah—and illustrates how their lives replicate that of Abraham. the ultimate chapters contemplate genetics and the unfold of universal DNA via assorted populations world wide and the religious ancestry uniting us all. the combo of...

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Jewish tradition suggests that Abraham compared hearing the Word of God to eating nourishing food, and that the first person to hear the analogy was the warden of the prison. It seems that while Abraham was in prison He was fed very little if any food, in the hope that He would starve to death. ” Abraham replied, “Food and drink have been bestowed upon me by Him who is over all things, the God of all gods and the Lord of all lords, who alone doeth wonders, He who is the God of Nimrod and the God of Terah and the God of the whole world.

When God agreed to allow Gabriel to intervene, the angel shielded Abraham and carried Him out of the flames unscathed. In another version of the story, Abraham’s descent into the pit caused the logs of the fire to come alive and produce a flush of fresh buds. Green twigs unfurled from the buds, grew into sturdy limbs, and matured with supernatural rapidity into lush trees whose branches were laden with delicious fruits. The miracle transformed the pit into an exquisite garden, and Abraham’s life was saved.

The father-to-be, Emtelai’s husband, was Terah (spelled in the Qur’án as Azar). He is thought to have been an educated and influential man who made a living manufacturing and selling idols. Often whitewashed with lime or painted with red and black pigments, the figurines of that era ranged in height from a few inches to a foot or more. Purchasers set them in the doorway of a house or business, placed them near a personal altar, or buried them under the threshold to protect the inhabitants against demons and other evil spirits.

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