Shared stories, rival tellings : early encounters of Jews, Christians, and Muslims
- Robert C. Gregg.
- Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 
- Copyright notice
- Physical description
- xviii, 721 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
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- Gregg, Robert C. author.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 671-688) and indexes.
- Part I: Cain and Abel/Qabil and Habil
- Preview: Chapters 1-3 The first murder
- Chapter 1: Cain's fratricide: rabbis and other early Jewish writers judge the case
- Chapter 2: Cain and Abel in Early Christian Writings and Art
- Chapter 3: Muslims on "...the story of the two sons of Adam"
- Comparative Summary: Cain and Abel/Qabil and Habil
- Part II: Sarah and Hagar: Mothers to Three Families
- Preview: Chapters 4-6 Abraham's rival wives
- Chapter 4: Sarah and Hagar: Jewish portrayals
- Chapter 5: Sarah and Hagar in Christian interpretations
- Chapter 6: Hagar and Ishmael, Ibrahim's family in Mecca
- Comparative Summary: Sarah and Hagar: Mothers to three families
- Part III: Joseph's Temptation by his Egyptian Master's Wife
- Preview: Chapters 7-9 Joseph/Yusuf and the Temptress
- Chapter 7: Joseph and Potiphar's wife-Jewish interpretations
- Chapter 8: Joseph put to the test-Christian sermons and art
- Chapter 9: Yusuf with Zulaykha
- Comparative Summary: Joseph's temptation by his Egyptian master's wife
- Part IV: Jonah the Angry Prophet
- Preview: Chapters 10-12 "The one of the fish"
- Chapter 10: Jonah, Nineveh, the Great Fish, and God: Jews ponder the story
- Chapter 11: Jonah and Jesus: In One Story, Two.
- Chapter 12: Islam's Yunus: from anger to praise
- Comparative Summary: Jonah the angry prophet
- Part V: Mary, Miriam, Maryam
- Preview: Chapters 13-15 Mary through three religions' eyes
- Chapter 13: Mary's Story in Christian imagination: from Jewish maiden to ever-Virgin to Heavenly Advocate
- Chapter 14: Miriam, mother of Yeshu the false messiah: Jewish counter-stories
- Chapter 15: Islam's Maryam: "chosen...above the women of the worlds"
- Comparative Summary: Mary, Miriam, Maryam
- Works Cited/Bibliography
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
While existing scholarship informs us about early contact between Christians, Muslims, and Jews, the nature of that interaction, and how it developed over time, is still often misunderstood. Robert Gregg emphasizes that there was both mutual curiosity, since all three religions had ancestral traditions and a commanding God in common, and also wary competitiveness, as each group was compelled to sharpen its identity against the other two. Faced with the overlap of many scriptural stories, they were eager to defend the claim that they alone were God's preferred people. In Shared Stories, Rival Tellings, Gregg performs a comparative investigation of how Jewish, Christian, and Muslim interpreters-both writers and artists-developed their distinctive and exclusionary understandings of narratives common to their three Holy Books: Cain and Abel, Sara and Hagar, Joseph and Potiphar's Wife, Jonah and the Whale, and Mary the Mother of Jesus. Exposed in the process are the major issues under contention and the social-intellectual forces that contributed to spirited, creative, and sometimes combative exchanges between Muslims, Christians and Jews. In illuminating these historical moments, and their implications for contemporary relations between these three religions, Gregg argues that scripture interpreters played an often underappreciated role in each religion's individual development of thought, spirituality, and worship, and in the three religions' debates with one another-and the cultural results of those debates.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Bible > Criticism, Narrative.
- Qurʼan > Criticism, interpretation, etc.
- Bible. Old Testament > Criticism, interpretation, etc., Jewish.
- Bible. New Testament > Criticism, interpretation, etc., Jewish.
- Bible > Islamic interpretations.
- Bible. Old Testament > Comparative studies.
- Bible. New Testament > Comparative studies.
- Qurʼan > Comparative studies.
- Bible stories.
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- 9780190231491 (cloth : alk. paper)
- 0190231491 (cloth : alk. paper)
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