The Creation: Secular, Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, and Muslim Perspectives Analyzed

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McFarland, 2003 - 438 pages
The major monotheistic religions of the world--Judaism, Christianity and Islam--have certain elements in common, particularly in their scriptures concerning the beginnings of life and the early history of human beings. This shared beginning is compellingly worth further study. Common ground and common threads can only help a dialogue between people of different faiths. This reference work could be a tool toward greater understanding of other faiths and focuses on the story of the creation of the universe and of humans.
Part One traces the development of the earth and its inhabitants from a scientific viewpoint so that the humanistic perspective may be contrasted with the scriptural accounts to follow.
Part Two features an introduction to the Tanakh, information on the Torah, and what is known about its authors, and other influences on the Jewish religion, followed by actual scriptures from the Torah from the creation through the destruction of the Tower of Babel. Then a section each is devoted to an explanation of the Catholic, Protestant and Fundamentalist Christian interpretations of these stories, citing scripture as appropriate.
Part Three affords a Muslim perspective with excerpts from the Sirah that refer to events and characters from the early chapters of Genesis.
The appendices are rich--various chronologies of similar events based on the different scriptures, tables of contents for the various holy books, tables presenting summaries of a particular perspective on a subject or comparisons between two perspectives and much more.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
xxi
Introduction
1
PART ONE A SECULAR PERSPECTIVE
7
Appendix
11
Part Two THE SCRIPTURES
115
A Catholic Perspective
174
A Protestant Perspective O
211
A Muslim Perspective 288 A Muslim Perspective
288
A Catholic Perspective on How the Bible Has Been Read Throughout the Passage of Time
354
A Catholic Perspective on the Four Sources and the Four Ps
355
A Catholic Perspective on the Differences Between the Two Major Divisions of Genesis
356
A Catholic Perspective on the Division of Genesis into Four Blocs of Material
357
A Catholic Perspective on the Toledoth Lists
358
A Protestant Perspective on the Divisions of the Bible
359
The Intertestamental Literature
360
The Date of Composition of the Traditional Intertestamental Literature
365

Epilogue
317
The Seder Olam Rabba Chronology
330
A Chronology of Pentateuch Source Materials
333
Provisions of the Pentateuch Associated with Specific Source Materials
335
A Chronology of Old Testament Composition
340
The Descendants of Cain and Seth
349
The Table of Contents of the Tanakh
350
The Table of Contents of the Old Testament of the Catholic Bible
351
A Catholic Overview of the Pentateuch
352
A Catholic Perspective on the Jewish Divisions of the Bible
353
The Table of Contents
409
Torah The Five Books of Moses Jonah
413
The Character of the Traditional Intertestamental Literature 367
413
The Lost Documents of the Old Testament 368
413
The Table of Contents of the Quran 369
413
References to Genesis Themes in the Quran 376
413
Bibliography 379
413
Index 383
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