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Book examines the legacy of the biblical patriarch
Abraham, the man at the heart of the world's
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ruce Feiler's latest book,
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The patriarch Jews hold dear is also
deeply meaningful to Christians and
Muslims. And in true Jewish form, the
book's original question has left Feiler
with another question, one that he
now poses to his readers: "Can
Abraham be a vessel for reconcilia-
tion?"

A Tangle Of History

In addition to a crack reporter's deter-
mination to go the mile for his story,
Feiler has a novelist's eye for detail.
"No one is alone in Jerusalem: even
the stones know your father," he
writes.
As he enters a Judaica store in
the Old City, his eye falls upon
a cardboard box filled with
shofars. He writes: "A tangle of
polished rams' horns claw out
of the top like some snarl of pet-
rified squid."
The analogy is as jarring as it is
effective.
Feiler brings this same eye for detail
to the task at hand — learning from
scholars and clergy Abraham's history
and how each of the three monotheis-
tic religions used Abraham's legacy to
define their own flock's identity.
Feiler takes a subject as complex as
that tangle of rams' horns and pulls
out each strand, dissecting its history,
its theology.
Abraham is a crash course in com-
parative religion and a provocative
challenge for self-examination, as the
author shows how each religion
claimed Abraham's legacy for itself and
its followers.
Feiler's encounters with theologians
and other experts in the field are as
instructive as they are challenging. He
relays his conversations with the likes of
Reverend Petra Heldt, a German
Lutheran minister who heads the
Ecumenical Theological Research frater-
nity in Jerusalem; Sheikh Abu Sneina,
the imam of El-Aksa; and Jon Levenson,
a professor of comparative religions at
Harvard and a leading authority on the
history of Judaism. They provide food
for thought and discussion to last weeks
if not months or years.

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