Shared Stories, Rival Tellings: Early Encounters of Jews, Christians, and Muslims by Robert C. GreggShared Stories, Rival Tellings: Early Encounters of Jews, Christians, and Muslims by Robert C. Gregg

Shared Stories, Rival Tellings: Early Encounters of Jews, Christians, and Muslims

byRobert C. Gregg

Hardcover | August 27, 2015

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Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are considered kindred religions - holding ancestral heritages and monotheistic belief in common - but there are definitive distinctions between these "Abrahamic" peoples. Shared Stories, Rival Tellings explores the early exchanges of Jews, Christians, andMuslims, and argues that their interactions were dominated by debates over the meanings of certain stories sacred to all three communities.Author Robert C. Gregg shows how Jewish, Christian, and Muslim interpreters - artists as well as authors - developed their unique and particular understandings of narratives present in the two Bibles and the Qur'an. Gregg focuses on five stories: Cain and Abel, Sarah and Hagar, Joseph and Potiphar'sWife, Jonah and the Whale, and Mary the Mother of Jesus. As he guides us through the often intentional variations introduced into these shared stories, Gregg exposes major issues under contention and the social-intellectual forces that contributed to spirited, and sometimes combative, exchangesbetween Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Offering deeper insight into these historical moments and their implications for contemporary relations between the three religions, Shared Stories, Rival Tellings will inspire readers to consider--and reconsider--the dynamics of traditional and current social-religious competition.
Robert C. Gregg is Professor in Religious Studies, Emeritus, at Stanford University. His publications are historical studies of belief systems, with special attention to the competition of religions in the late Roman-early medieval Mediterranean and Levant.
Title:Shared Stories, Rival Tellings: Early Encounters of Jews, Christians, and MuslimsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:752 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 27, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface and AcknowledgmentsList of Illustrations (and permissions)ProloguePart I: Cain and Abel/ Qabil and HabilPreview: Chapters 1-3 The first murder1. Cain's fratricide: rabbis and other early Jewish writers judge the case2. Cain and Abel in Early Christian Writings and Art3. Muslims on "ELthe story of the two sons of Adam"Comparative Summary: Cain and Abel/ Qabil and HabilPart II: Sarah and Hagar: Mothers to Three FamiliesPreview: Chapters 4-6 Abraham's rival wives4. Sarah and Hagar: Jewish portrayals5. Sarah and Hagar in Christian interpretations6. Hagar and Ishmael, Ibrahim's family in MeccaComparative Summary: Sarah and Hagar: Mothers to three familiesPart III: Joseph's Temptation by his Egyptian Master's WifePreview: Chapters 7-9 Joseph/Yusuf and the Temptress7. Joseph and Potiphar's wife-Jewish interpretations8. Joseph put to the test--Christian sermons and art9. Yusuf with ZulaykhaComparative Summary: Joseph's temptation by his Egyptian master's wifePart IV: Jonah the Angry ProphetPreview: Chapters 10-12 "The one of the fish"10. Jonah, Nineveh, the Great Fish, and God: Jews ponder the story11. Jonah and Jesus: In One Story, Two.12. Islam's Yunus: from anger to praiseComparative Summary: Jonah the angry prophetPart V: Mary, Miriam, MaryamPreview: Chapters 13-15 Mary through three religions' eyes13. Mary's Story in Christian imagination: from Jewish maiden to ever-Virgin to Heavenly Advocate14. Miriam, mother of Yeshu the false messiah: Jewish counter-stories15. Islam's Maryam: "chosen...above the women of the worlds"Comparative Summary: Mary, Miriam, MaryamEpilogueEndnotesWorks Cited/BibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

"Robert Gregg brilliantly interweaves versions of Bible stories as Jews, Christians, and Muslims variously tell them--complementing, challenging, or clashing with one another--in a book that's fascinating and enormously informative about relationships within this diverse, often contentious,family of traditions." --Elaine Pagels, Harrington Spear Paine Foundation Professor of Religion, Princeton University