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By Frances Worthington

In Abraham: One God, 3 better halves, 5 Religions, writer Frances Worthington explores the 3 wives/concubines (Sarah, Hagar, and Keturah) of Abraham, and lines their lineage to 5 diverse religions—Christianity, Judaism, Islam, the Babi religion, and the Bahai religion. reading the scripture and traditions of those 5 "Abrahamic" faiths, this complicated tale additionally attracts seriously from a wealthy number of historic assets that supply a desirable backdrop. The narrative follows the lifetime of Abraham from his start, via his marriages and the delivery of his childrens, and his repeated exiles. It additionally presents nice perception into the lives of the founders of the 5 Abrahamic Faiths—Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, the Báb, and Baha'u'llah—and illustrates how their lives replicate that of Abraham. the ultimate chapters examine genetics and the unfold of universal DNA via varied populations all over the world and the religious ancestry uniting us all. the combo of...

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If the reasoning is correct, the exiles might well have expected to receive help—shelter, food, and even a job—from their relatives. Harran was situated in what is now southern Turkey, about twenty-five miles southeast of Urfa (usually listed on modern maps as Sanliurfa). It lay at the junction of several ancient trade routes, a fact reflected by the meaning of its name, generally translated as crossroads or highway. To get there from Ur, Abraham and His companions followed a well-established route running to the northwest, paralleling the Euphrates and skirting the edge of the enormous Syrian Desert.

Abraham responded that a woman had come in with an offering of flour, and that when the gift was set in front of the idols, they started arguing. ” The disagreement escalated until the biggest of them all stood up, grabbed a hammer and crushed the others to dust. Terah stared at his son in disbelief. ” he asked. ” Terah refused to be impressed by this performance, but Abraham remained adamant in His beliefs. ”2 FROM POLYTHEISM TO MONOTHEISM Abraham’s vibrant rejection of polytheism and idol worship startled those around Him in spite of the fact that His ideas rested on a spiritual foundation built by the Prophets who preceded Him.

Established by Ur as a merchant outpost, the village was occupied primarily by a confederation of seminomadic tribes who catered to the needs of traders from many lands, including Egypt, Oman, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, northern Turkey, and even the Indus valley (the land along the Indus River, which runs all the way through the middle of Pakistan before flowing into the Arabian Sea). 13 Once the family members had reached Harran, most of them must have sighed with relief. One can presume that Abraham, as a Messenger of God, saw dark clouds gathering on the horizon, but the others probably didn’t realize that their true destiny lay in Canaan rather than in Harran.

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