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 diverse religions—Christianity, Judaism, Islam, the Babi religion, and the Bahai religion. analyzing the scripture and traditions of those 5 "Abrahamic" faiths, this complicated tale additionally attracts seriously from a wealthy number of ancient assets that offer a desirable backdrop. The narrative follows the lifetime of Abraham from his beginning, via his marriages and the delivery of his young children, and his repeated exiles. It additionally presents 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 give some thought to genetics and the unfold of universal DNA via different populations around the globe and the religious ancestry uniting us all. the mix of...
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Abraham responded that a woman had come in with an offering of flour, and that when the gift was set in front of the idols, they started arguing. ” The disagreement escalated until the biggest of them all stood up, grabbed a hammer and crushed the others to dust. Terah stared at his son in disbelief. ” he asked. ” Terah refused to be impressed by this performance, but Abraham remained adamant in His beliefs. ”2 FROM POLYTHEISM TO MONOTHEISM Abraham’s vibrant rejection of polytheism and idol worship startled those around Him in spite of the fact that His ideas rested on a spiritual foundation built by the Prophets who preceded Him.
Lava spread out and covered the land in a deep circle eighty miles wide. Wind and water gradually eroded the lava “but as always in nature, unevenly: hard basaltic rocks littering the valley floor protected the softer volcanic stone directly beneath, leaving conical pillars standing like sentinels as the surrounding plain weathered away. Early Anatolian man hollowed out the cones by patient chiseling with flint and copper tools, and they became snug and secure habitations …”2 Later generations copied the shape of the cones when building their own mud brick homes because the design was extremely practical for a desert climate.
Established by Ur as a merchant outpost, the village was occupied primarily by a confederation of seminomadic tribes who catered to the needs of traders from many lands, including Egypt, Oman, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, northern Turkey, and even the Indus valley (the land along the Indus River, which runs all the way through the middle of Pakistan before flowing into the Arabian Sea). 13 Once the family members had reached Harran, most of them must have sighed with relief. One can presume that Abraham, as a Messenger of God, saw dark clouds gathering on the horizon, but the others probably didn’t realize that their true destiny lay in Canaan rather than in Harran.
Abraham. One God, Three Wives, Five Religions by Frances Worthington