Fall Kick-Off: Isaac, Ishmael, and Jesus: Jews, Christians, and Muslims on the Binding of Isaac

Aaron Koller
Professor of Near Eastern Studies; Chair, Robert M. Beren Department of Jewish Studies, Yeshiva University
Thursday August 27
7 p.m.

Join us for Siegal Lifelong Learning's Fall Kick-Off Lecture

Aaron Koller

Is the Sacrifice of Isaac a forerunner of the martyrdom of Jesus, or a symbol of the guarantee of God's devotion to the Jews? Is Ishmael the hero of the story, or a foil to the main character? The story of the Akedah, the Binding, of Genesis 22 is endowed with cosmic significance in both rabbinic literature and the New Testament, and is told in the Qur'an, as well. This lecture will explore the different ways the story was understood and developed within the three Abrahamic traditions, and how those understandings impacted each other, as well. We will see that it is not just the details that differed, but that the very meaning of the story differs from tradition to tradition and from faith to faith.

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