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By Peter Heinegg

"Abrahamic faith" has lengthy been a buzzword in ecumenical discourse. it's the suggestion that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, regardless of their profound modifications, are united of their reverence for Abraham—not simply because the progenitor of Israel, yet as a common father within the religion. Abraham's Ashes deals a forceful critique of the biblical and Qur'anic perspectives of Abraham, exhibiting how on the center of all prophetic religions lies an untenable fable of suprarational magical pondering "revelation." This delusion includes communiqués to a privileged male from a mysterious patriarchal God who calls for, and in relation to Jesus, truly gets the tribute of human sacrifice. This merciless tale proves to be an apt creation to the weird, contradictory, and oppressive myth referred to as monotheism.

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We’re tired of dying and death. We’ve no more prayers left. Choose another people for a while. We’ve no more blood in our veins to sacrifice. Our house has become a desert, without enough ground to dig graves in. No more lamentations, no more songs of woe in our old books. ), or the replacement of Judaism with edgy secular Yiddishkeit (Philip Roth), or the timeworn path of exogamy (Jewish Hollywood), Jews have found a whole array of routes to disidentification. But the long and short of sacred history is that it’s bogus.

Thereafter, some prophets will maintain that God has spoken to them; but eventually that ends too, the canon closes, and believers have only the Tanakh and the Talmud to figure things out for themselves. It was great while it lasted, but the monotheists all confess that at some point Revelation dries up. But unlike Christians and Muslims, the Jews weren’t blessed with a long string of political, military, and propaganda victories to foster the myth of a God who had specially selected and protected them.

Do Mormons believe that there really were golden plates inscribed in “Reformed Egyptian”? ” moment with Abraham”: once Isaac is spared, Abraham’s job, as far as Genesis goes, is more or less done. He does, though, have to find a non-Canaanite wife for Isaac, a mission successfully carried out by his eldest, but unnamed servant. The finding and wooing of Rebekah, the daughter of Abraham’s cousin Bethuel, makes a pleasant idyllic interlude, though some modern readers are likely to be distracted by the curious oath that Abraham, makes his servant take before leaving for Mesopotamia: the man is told to place his hand under Abraham’s genitals as he swears to conduct the bride-search in Abraham’s original land.

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