Child Sacrifice in the Legacies of the WestBook - 2008
When they arrived at the place which God had indicated to him, Abraham built
an altar there, and arranged the wood. Then he bound his son and put him on
the altar on top of the wood. Abraham stretched out his hand and took the
knife to kill his son . . .” —The Book of Genesis
Baker & Taylor
Looks at the significance and implications of Abraham's near-sacrifice of his son Isaac to shed new light on religious conflicts in the modern world, analyzing the impact of the story on the beliefs and teachings of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, especially in relation to Islamic suicide bombings, militant Zionism, and graphic depictions of Christ's crucifixion. 35,000 first printing.
Blackwell North Amer
The story of Abraham's acceptance of God's command to sacrifice his son Isaac is one of the most disturbing of all biblical stories. Isaac is spared only at the last moment, when an angel stops Abraham's hand. Theologians and scholars have wrestled with the question of why God asked Abraham to kill his beloved son, why Abraham acquiesced, and why in some interpretations he actually killed his son.
In Abraham's Curse, Bruce Chilton traces the impact of the story of Abraham and Isaac on the beliefs and teachings of Judaism (where Abraham is regarded as the forefather of Israel), Islam (where he provides the role model for Muhammad), and Christianity (where he is the ancestor of King David, whose lineage culminates in Jesus). As Chilton examines the story's significance, he makes the case that, far from only reflecting the violence of an ancient, unenlightened time, the sacrifice of children in the name of religion is still a fundamental part of our lives and culture - from Islamist suicide bombings to militant Zionism and graphic glorifications of the Crucifixion of Christ.
Explores the significance and implications of Abraham's near-sacrifice of his son Isaac to shed new light on religious conflicts in the modern world, analyzing the impact of the story on the beliefs and teachings of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.