JWST 2600 - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam Course uri icon



  • In Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Abraham is described as a founding figure. In recent times, the label 'Abrahamic Religions' has become increasingly important both as a way to describe the origins and beliefs of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and as a means for finding common ground in political and religious discourse. Yet in each religion Abraham is also used in strikingly different ways and for distinct purposes. In this course, we will look at these three religious traditions and how each one imagines Abraham. In particular, the focus will be on how each religion uses Abraham to construct foundational stories of a special relationship to God, stories that ultimately serve to promote religious identity over time. Same as RLST 2600.


  • Boyd, Samuel L  
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Summer 2020 / Spring 2021 / Summer 2021 / Fall 2021 / Summer 2022 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023