Edited by Dr. David Shatz, Dr. Joel B. Wolowelsky and Rabbi Reuven Ziegler.
Abraham is not only the first Jew, but also a historical prototype, his
experiences and actions foreshadowing critical patterns in the history
of his people. In addition, Abraham serves as a spiritual and ethical
model to his descendants. He is a teacher, a paragon of kindness, a
lonely iconoclast, a master of sacrifice, and a knight of faith.
Through careful exegesis of verses, illuminating analyses of character,
and insightful readings of classical commentators, the essays in this
book seek both the eternal and the contemporary messages of the Abraham
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