The Importance of Scripture

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The calling of Abraham is where Abrahamic religion began and it is where the three major faiths; Judaism and Christianity in particular, were born. The story began with a man named Abram, later came to be known as Abraham, who was called upon by God, “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12:1-3; cf Acts 7:2, 3: Hebrews 11:8). Abraham left the city of Ur with his followers, trusting that God’s promise of salvation would lead them to a better life, hence the term ‘Abrahamic faith’. “Abrahamic faith is considered simply a useful designation for the three religions that trace lineage to the patriarch/prophet Abraham and which have a certain ‘family likeness’, but also has claimed to be something more; namely, that the three religions are expressions of the same faith and worship the same God” (Dodds, 2009). In Judaism, they trace their lineage to Abraham through his son Isaac and grandson Jacob, determined by the twelve tribes of Israel while in Christianity, the use the scriptures to portray him as a spiritual ancestor (Infoplease, 2007). At a first glimpse, Judaism and Christianity are considered very different religions and can be contrasted greatly despite the fact they are both descendants of Abrahamic faith. However, Since Christianity branched off into its own division a few centuries after the Common Era, they often share similarity when it comes to the importa... ... middle of paper ... ... Google Books. Web. 12 Feb. 2014. Heschel, Abraham J. "God, Torah, and Israel." Theology and Church in Time of Change, ed. Edward LeRoy Long, Jr. and Robert T. Handy (Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1970) (1970). Oxtoby, Willard Gurdon., and Alan F. Segal. "Christian Traditions." A Concise Introduction to World Religions. Don Mills, Ont.: Oxford UP, 2007. N. pag. Print. Segal, Alan F. "Jewish Traditions." A Concise Introduction to World Religions. Don Mills, Ont.: Oxford UP, 2007. N. pag. Print. Smith, Wilfred C. "What Is Scripture?: A Comparative Approach." Google Books. Fortress Press, n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2014. Steinsaltz, Adin. "Chapter One: What Is the Talmud." The Essential Talmud. New York: Random House, 1989. 3-9. Google Books. Basic Books, 2006. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. "THE CALL OF ABRAHAM." THE CALL OF ABRAHAM. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2014.
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