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The Quran's Depiction of Abraham in Light of the Hebrew Bible and Midrash

Bat-Sheva Garsiel

in The Convergence of Judaism and Islam

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036496
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041810 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813036496.003.0004
The Quran's Depiction of Abraham in Light of the Hebrew Bible and Midrash

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This chapter analyzes the Quran, stressing the possible Jewish, Christian, Judeo-Christian, or Gnostic sources of inspiration for the Quranic revelation. Abraham emerges as a figure that is respected by the Bible and Quran. Although at first glance the Quranic depiction of Abraham “seems to be a modification of some earlier Jewish traditions,” Abraham is perceived in the Quran as a prophet, the father of the believers, and the first Muslim. The Prophet saw himself as the final prophet in the footsteps of Abraham, where true monotheistic religion was falsified by the Jews and Christians.

Keywords: Abraham; Hebrew; Bible; Quran; Midrash; monotheism

Chapter.  7807 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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