Disputing over Abraham Disputing with God: An Exercise in Intertextual Reasoning

Michael Lodahl

The narrative figure of Abraham is often celebrated as providing common ground for the formative stories that Jews, Christians, and Muslims tell about God, the world, themselves, and their historical traditions. This fact makes the Abraham story all the more significant in Michael Lodahl’s intent to interpret the notable differences that typically arise in any intertextual study of ostensibly parallel narratives in the Qur’an and the Bible. The story of divine visitation in Genesis 18 to be explored in this essay, for example, provides an especially fruitful case study of how the Abraham figures in Genesis and the Qur’an may in fact be “the same Abraham” in name only. Mr. Lodahl is Professor of Theology at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.

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