Bruce Feiler — Children of Abraham
February 8, 2007

The sacred story of Abraham traverses the geography of the most bitter political conflict in the modern world — beginning in what is now southern Iraq and ending in the West Bank city of Hebron. Yet Abraham is the common patriarch of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. We explore the story of Abraham in several traditions and why he might be important for people in our time. The hour also includes readings from the Bible and the Qur'an as well as music from the likes of Bob Dylan and Benjamin Britten on the figure of Abraham.

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Prelude to Fear and Trembling

The Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, used the story of Abraham and the binding of Isaac as starting point for his classic work. Read how he reimagines the story in four different ways.

Songs of the Abrahamic Story

Aunt Hagar's Blues

from Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy
performed by Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars

Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac, Op. 51

from Benjamin Britten: The Five Canticles & 3 Purcell Realisations
performed by Anthony Rolfe Johnson et al.

Highway 61 Revisited

from Highway 61 Revisited
written and performed by Bob Dylan

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The World of Abraham

View a larger map of the region Abraham traversed and lived.

The Biblical Iraq

View an annotated map of the biblical history of the area rich in Christian, Jewish, and Muslim traditions, and where the fabled Tower of Babel was located.

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is a journalist and author of several books, including Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths.

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