The Creation: Secular, Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, and Muslim Perspectives Analyzed
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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PART ONE A SECULAR PERSPECTIVE
Part Two THE SCRIPTURES
A Catholic Perspective
A Protestant Perspective O
A Muslim Perspective 288 A Muslim Perspective
A Catholic Perspective on How the Bible Has Been Read Throughout the Passage of Time
A Catholic Perspective on the Four Sources and the Four Ps
A Catholic Perspective on the Differences Between the Two Major Divisions of Genesis
A Catholic Perspective on the Division of Genesis into Four Blocs of Material
A Catholic Perspective on the Toledoth Lists
A Protestant Perspective on the Divisions of the Bible
The Intertestamental Literature
The Date of Composition of the Traditional Intertestamental Literature
The Seder Olam Rabba Chronology
A Chronology of Pentateuch Source Materials
Provisions of the Pentateuch Associated with Specific Source Materials
A Chronology of Old Testament Composition
The Descendants of Cain and Seth
The Table of Contents of the Tanakh
The Table of Contents of the Old Testament of the Catholic Bible
A Catholic Overview of the Pentateuch
A Catholic Perspective on the Jewish Divisions of the Bible
The Table of Contents
Torah The Five Books of Moses Jonah
The Character of the Traditional Intertestamental Literature 367
The Lost Documents of the Old Testament 368
The Table of Contents of the Quran 369
References to Genesis Themes in the Quran 376
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