Abraham. One God, Three Wives, Five Religions by Frances Worthington

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 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 old resources that offer a desirable backdrop. The narrative follows the lifetime of Abraham from his start, via his marriages and the beginning of his kids, 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 reflect that of Abraham. the ultimate chapters give some thought to genetics and the unfold of universal DNA via varied populations all over the world and the non secular ancestry uniting us all. the mix of...

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Allowing for the time it took for the youngest brother, Haran, to grow up and then raise a daughter old enough for Nahor to marry, Abraham must have been about thirty-five years old when He angered King Nimrod and was ordered to leave Ur. By then, He and Sarah would have been married for ten years without conceiving any children, which meant that Sarah was considered by all to be hopelessly barren. According to the Book of Genesis, three family members accompanied Abraham when He left Ur: His wife, Sarah; His father, Terah; and His nephew, Lot, who was the son of Haran.

In another version of the story, Abraham’s descent into the pit caused the logs of the fire to come alive and produce a flush of fresh buds. Green twigs unfurled from the buds, grew into sturdy limbs, and matured with supernatural rapidity into lush trees whose branches were laden with delicious fruits. The miracle transformed the pit into an exquisite garden, and Abraham’s life was saved. ’ … We said, ‘O fire! 7 And remember when Nimrod kindled the fire of polytheism whereby He would burn the Friend of God [Abraham].

Catherine facing the Emperor of Rome or Ṭáhirih* calmly handing her own scarf to those who would strangle her, the woman explained her newfound belief. 4 Rather than discouraging new converts, the martyrdom of this heroic woman—whose name we do not know—sparked a greater surge of interest, with predictable but unfortunate results. Abraham was summoned to meet with Nimrod and his priests. They commanded Him to acknowledge the gods of nature by bowing down before them, but Abraham refused, countering their demands with questions and arguments demonstrating the uselessness of worshipping inanimate objects.

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