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The Abrahamic Religions as a Modern Concept

Mark Silk

in The Oxford Handbook of the Abrahamic Religions

Published in print October 2015 | ISBN: 9780199697762
Published online November 2015 | | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199697762.013.27

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

The Abrahamic Religions as a Modern Concept

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The modern concept of the Abrahamic religions has roots in Christian theology, the academic study of the Near East, and the study of Islam. In the nineteenth century, Protestant theologians built on the idea of the ‘Abrahamic covenant’ in developing the idea of a spiritual connection among Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. At the same time, students of the Near East understood the three religious traditions as sharing a common genealogical bond. Such recognition was enhanced by Islam’s own sense of the religion of Abraham, which was communicated to a broader public by western Islamicists. Although the concept of the Abrahamic religions does not preclude the privileging of one religion over the others, it has provided both scholars and laypeople with a useful way of exploring the common ground of the three faiths.

Keywords: Covenant; Judaeo-Christian; supersessionism; monotheism; dispensationalism; premillennialism; Joseph Pomeroy Widney; Louis Massignon

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Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Christianity ; Islam ; Judaism and Jewish Studies

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