Ishmael or Isaac? The Koran or the Bible? : Christian Courier
The Family of Abraham by RT Radke What do Isaac and Ishmael have to do with the conflict in the Middle East? What does the conflict in the. Isaac and Ishmael. Bible Study. Discover the amazing truth of the Gospel. Eternal life. Christian living. Bible people, places, things. End time. Abraham is known as the patriarch of the Jewish people through Isaac, the son born to him and Sarah in their old age and the patriarch of Arabs through his son Ishmael, born to Abraham and his.
The first and most pressing need is education, including the Jewish, Christian and Islamic influence on each other. There is a methodological problem. Dialogue — on every level — requires training and sensitivity. In Western religions this is in course of development. Jews and Christians — with occasional slip-ups — engage in the art with mutual respect and without fear. Muslims, despite their long and honorable intellectual tradition, still lack this technique.
But there is a theological fuzziness about it.
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Islam is adamant that it is the original and the best. Jews see Judaism as the real truth. Christians think likewise about Christianity.
For pragmatic reasons Judaism and Christianity have apparently decided to leave to God the final answer to the question of absolute truth. Whether this approach will commend itself to Islam remains to be seen. All three groups carry historical baggage about each other. Jews and Christians are more or less working through it. Jews and Muslims are less certain as to how to handle one another.
The relationship problem between the two of them is not so much theological but ethnic, not so much between the two faiths as between the two peoples. They more or less begin on the same page. Jewish and Islamic narratives both honor the patriarch Abraham.
There is historical rivalry and hostility between the brothers, though in the Jewish story the two are eventually reconciled. Sibling struggle is not new. And of the son of the maid I will make a nation also, because he is your descendant. Joel Richardson, author and teacher of eschatology, describes it this way: Ishmael is a fourteen year old boy. He promises to make him into a great nation.
This happened to a little kid named Ishmael. And so what we need to understand is you have this little boy and… he had a dad. He had a mother. He had a family.
Ishmael or Isaac? The Koran or the Bible?
He had a life. He had an inheritance. And in one day he loses all of these things. He loses his dad.
He loses his inheritance. And that brokenness, that woundedness, that rejection that took place in this little child, today, has been passed on into the religion of Islam. What do I mean? Two thousand six hundred years after these events took place, a direct descendant of Ishmael named Mohammed birthed forth a new religion into the world.
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And what does the religion teach? God has no Son. And, thirdly, Ishmael, not Isaac, is the heir with regard to the promises of God to the earth. Mohammed, himself, literally believed that he was demon-possessed.
This is the origin of Islam. This is how we as the Church should approach Muslims who God also desires to be saved [1 Timothy 2: These are people just as lost as you and I once were. Rather, it is against this backdrop of compassion, of Christian love, that we must tell the truth and warn others. My family and I were driving through the countryside, listening to the Bible on tape. Internationally and in this region, people and publications link the stories of Abraham, Isaac, and Ishmael to the current political situation in the Middle East.
As a result, we wanted to examine the role of theological interpretations, particularly concerning the role of Ishmael. Is it truly the case that the origins of our modern conflict can be found in the stories of Abraham, Isaac, and Ishmael? Did the patriarchs determine the fate of the Arabs and Jews and their modern nations? It is important for all of us involved in Musalaha and other ministries working among Israelis and Palestinians, to raise these questions.
The issue has long been one that allows people to reject the other side, to resign themselves to a fatalistic and hopeless view of peace, and to be apathetic towards reconciliation and relationships with the other side. Certain myths concerning Ishmael prevail that perpetuate division, and hinder reconciliation and evangelism. A careful reading of the Hebrew texts on the character and experience of Ishmael, as recently written about by a number of scholars, challenges these suppositions.
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So often, texts are interpreted in the light of the present conflict and used to justify nationalist or ethnic positions. As Christians, we can hesitate to deal with the topic of Ishmael because it might be seen as a defense or apologetic for Islam. Muslims are linked to Ishmael mainly through post-Koranic tradition that draws the roots of Mohammed back to Ishmael.