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date: 19 June 2019

Abraham (2nd millennium bce) Hebrew patriarch and leader 

Source:
Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History
Author(s):
Reuven FirestoneReuven FIRESTONE

Abraham plays a foundational role in the scriptures of the three major monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) as the first human to become aware of and act out divine will. Symbolic characteristics specific to each text—obedience in the Hebrew Bible, faithfulness in the New Testament, and submissiveness in the Qur’an—have resulted in conflicting theological positions with the potential to impact secular matters of the world. ...

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