The Monotheists: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Conflict and Competition,
The Words and Will of God The Words and Will of God Volume II
By (author) Mr. F. E. Peters
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Monotheists: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Conflict and Competition, by Mr. F. E. Peters
Book DescriptionThe world's three great monotheistic religions have spent most of their historical careers in conflict or competition with each other. And yet in fact they sprung from the same spiritual roots and have been nurtured in the same historical soil. This book--an extraordinarily comprehensive and approachable comparative introduction to these religions--seeks not so much to demonstrate the truth of this thesis as to illustrate it. Frank Peters, one of the world's foremost experts on the monotheistic faiths, takes Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and after briefly tracing the roots of each, places them side by side to show both their similarities and their differences. Volume I, The Peoples of God, tells the story of the foundation and formation of the three monotheistic communities, of their visible, historical presence. Volume II, The Words and Will of God, is devoted to their inner life, the spirit that animates and regulates them. Peters takes us to where these religions live: their scriptures, laws, institutions, and intentions; how each seeks to worship God and achieve salvation; and how they deal with their own (orthodox and heterodox) and with others (the goyim, the pagans, the infidels). Throughout, he measures--but never judges--one religion against the other. The prose is supple, the method rigorous. This is a remarkably cohesive, informative, and accessible narrative reflecting a lifetime of study by a single recognized authority in all three fields. The Monotheists is a magisterial comparison, for students and general readers as well as scholars, of the parties to one of the most troubling issues of today--the fierce, sometimes productive and often destructive, competition among the world's monotheists, the siblings called Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691123738
(229mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 25-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Mr. F. E. Peters
Voice, the Word, the Books, Hardback (April 2007)
Jews, Christians, and Muslims believe that their Scriptures preserve God's words to humanity, and that those words were spoken uniquely to them. This book gives insights into their origins, contents, canonization, and the important roles they have played in the lives of their communities. It explores how they evolved from oral to written texts.
Children of Abraham, Paperback (August 2006)
Traces the three faiths from the sixth century BC, when the Jews returned to Palestine from exile in Babylonia, to the time in the Middle Ages when they approached their present form. This title points out that all three faith groups, whom the Muslims themselves refer to as "People of the Book," share much common ground.
Monotheists: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Conflict and Competition, Paperback (July 2005)
The world's three great monotheistic religions have spent most of their historical careers in conflict or competition with each other. This book is a comprehensive and approachable comparative introduction to these religions. It tells the story of the foundation and formation of the three monotheistic communities, of their historical presence.
Islam, Paperback (February 2005)» View all books by Mr. F. E. Peters
Introduces Islam to readers with Christian or Jewish backgrounds. This book starts with the central feature of Muslim faith and life: the Quran. It compares Jesus and Muhammad, describes Islamic commandments and rituals, details the structures of Sunni and Shi'ite communities, and lays out central Islamic beliefs on war, women, and mysticism.
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Author Biography - Mr. F. E. Peters
F. E. Peters is Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, Hebrew and Judaic Studies, and History at New York University. His books include "Islam: A Guide for Jews and Christians"; "Judaism, Christianity, and Islam"; and "The Children of Abraham" (all Princeton).
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