The words and will of God

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Princeton University Press, 2003 - 406 頁

The 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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BIBLE
1
UNDERSTANDING THE WORD OF
35
SCRIPTURE AND TRADITION
65
GODS LAW AND ITS OBSERVANCE
87
GODS COMMANDMENTS
127
DIVINE WORSHIP
168
Prophetic Impeccability
190
the Death of Husayn
198
FROM DESERT SAINTS TO MUSLIM SUFIS
251
The Rule of St Basil
257
Is Perfection Possible? The Franciscan Controversy
265
The Holy Mountain
273
The Sufi Orders
279
Christian and Muslim Religious Orders
285
LEAPING FROM THE DARK INTO
293
THE LAST THINGS
339

THINKING ABOUT
211
Islamic Occasionalism
232
Falsafa and Kalam
238
Latin Averroism
244
END THOUGHTS
377
Index
387
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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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