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By Peter Heinegg

"Abrahamic faith" has lengthy been a buzzword in ecumenical discourse. it's the suggestion that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, regardless of their profound alterations, are united of their reverence for Abraham—not simply because the progenitor of Israel, yet as a common father within the religion. Abraham's Ashes bargains a forceful critique of the biblical and Qur'anic perspectives of Abraham, displaying how on the middle of all prophetic religions lies an untenable fantasy of suprarational magical pondering "revelation." This delusion comprises communiqués to a privileged male from a mysterious patriarchal God who calls for, and when it comes to Jesus, truly gets the tribute of human sacrifice. This merciless tale proves to be an apt creation to the unusual, contradictory, and oppressive fable referred to as monotheism.

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Muhammad, of course, welcomed the tradition, as have countless rich Muslims after him. With its unmarried Messiah and its cult of celibacy, Christianity had no truck with polygamy; and any Christian harems, with brief exceptions such as the first Mormons and their current fundamentalist brethren, had to be operated in secret. But all the Abrahamic religions could, and did, agree that women were essentially breeders; and apart from that role, as we’ll see, they were condemned to the role of household helpers, as the famous poem honoring the “good wife” or “virtuous woman” in Proverbs 31 makes clear.

Women make the babies, but men carry on the covenant; and anyone without a circumcised penis is at best a second-class citizen. Hence the Temple’s priests and the synagogue’s rabbis and the mosques’ mullahs will have to be men, like the entire Catholic clergy. The Fathers wouldn’t have it any other way. What kind of farmer would you be (and agriculture is the first and archetypal technology) without a large supply of seed? What the ceremony means beyond that has been subject to non-stop speculation.

Predictably enough, once Hagar becomes pregnant, she starts acting uppity toward Sarai, which prompts her antagonized mistress to drive her off. 6); but the runaway slave-girl is rescued by an angel of the LORD, who tells her to head back and predicts that she’ll give birth to a son and be the ancestress of a vast multitude. 9-21). Cruel as the action seems, God approves of it, and tells Abraham, “In all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken to her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called” (v.

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