February 8, 2007
Bruce Feiler —
Children of Abraham

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

Highlighted Story

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

Featured Maps

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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without understanding Abraham and his story one cannot understand mans natural religion. What is most important is to understand the blood lust of the gods in Abrahams time. Although jews and muslims can't agree on it, it is most likely that Abraham used the act of "sacrifice" to teach man (both his sons) the lesson of a lifetime, a lesson about where "God" stands on human sacrifice.

but to understand human history, & acts of terror such as 911. the man we must look at is Joseph, his story about a night spent in The well, his father, his maternal grand father & of course his brothers.

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