By Frances Worthington
In Abraham: One God, 3 other halves, 5 Religions, writer Frances Worthington explores the 3 wives/concubines (Sarah, Hagar, and Keturah) of Abraham, and lines their lineage to 5 diversified religions—Christianity, Judaism, Islam, the Babi religion, and the Bahai religion. reading the scripture and traditions of those 5 "Abrahamic" faiths, this advanced tale additionally attracts seriously from a wealthy number of historic resources that supply a desirable backdrop. The narrative follows the lifetime of Abraham from his start, via his marriages and the beginning of his teenagers, 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 reflect that of Abraham. the ultimate chapters examine genetics and the unfold of universal DNA via assorted populations around the globe and the non secular ancestry uniting us all. the combo of...
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So now, behold, I will cast you into the midst of fire. ”5 The image of being cast into a fire foreshadows how King Nebuchadnezzar would someday deal with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. It also invites a very pointed question: Just what kind of fire was it? One of the oldest answers, given by Jewish rabbis pondering the lives of the Prophets, depicts Abraham being cast into a physical fire. The fire roared at the bottom of an earthen pit, ready to receive pieces of limestone which, when burned, would produce calcium oxide, an essential ingredient in the making of glass.
The boy loaded the family mule with idols and headed for an inn where a group of Syrian merchants was staying. He hoped they would be interested in buying the idols for resale in Egypt. Just as Abraham reached the inn, a camel belched loudly enough to frighten the mule, which broke away and ran off. In the resulting tumult, three valuable idols were broken, ruining Abraham’s chance to make a profit and impress His father with His business acumen. After the mule had been recaptured, Abraham straddled it and began riding home, reflecting as He rode on how totally helpless the idols had been.
On the few occasions when it has been necessary to reconcile conflicting information from different religions, I’ve adhered to two basic rules: When scripture and tradition disagree, scripture wins. When old and new scripture disagree, the scripture from the most recent Revelation takes precedence because it is the newest Word of God. This book is not a work of fiction because I’ve remained within the bounds of what is indicated by a combination of scriptural text, historical data, and archaeological evidence.