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The Woman Who Named God: Abraham's Dilemma and the Birth of Three Faiths Hardcover – 6 Aug 2009

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A brilliant exploration of the biblical story of Abraham and his wives - and the birth of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very infomative and well-written 23 April 2012
By E. Vernon - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very academic review of the story of Sarai/Sarah, Abram/Abraham, and Hagar. The author does not draw her own conclusions about the story or fictionalize it - rather she discusses the story arch by mentioning the various ways that each event is viewed according to Christian, Muslim, and Jewish texts. Very thorough research. The only thing that misled me was that this story is presented as being about the story of Hagar, but spends very little time discussing her life outside of the Bible story. I was interested in discovering more about her life before and after she lived with Abram/Abraham, but this was not discusses at length.

What this book is not:
1. A fictionalized, light-weight story: Rather, the author discusses different possibilities for how those involved might have felt. She also brings together well-known and obscure texts to give the reader an idea of what may have occurred.
2. Focused primarily on Hager: This book devotes only a few chapters to Hagar - the majority of the book discusses Abram and Sarai.
3. A definitive, final answer on the truth: The author presents various opinions and the reasons why these opinions have developed. She does not discuss why one might be more accurate than another.

What this is:
1. An extremely interesting read: The writing is very good and does not distract at all from the pleasure of reading. It is academic, but it written in an easy-to-read manner.
2. Very informative: This book gives a good background on how these figures play into the three religions that branched off from their story: Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Also, as I mentioned, the book often discusses more obscure texts and stories so that the reader is really able to try to figure out for themselves what may have happened.
3. Very well researched: I feel that the author did a significant amount of research and was very familiar with the topic.
4. A great starting point: This author made me want to explore some of the stories and ideas she presented.

I highly recommend this book to understand this important story from various points of view.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Changed the way I read the Bible 31 Dec. 2009
By Alex Smythers - Published on Amazon.com
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The beginning of the book alone is worth the price of admission!
I have been reading the Bible and teaching Sunday School for many years and found the research and interpretation to be excellent. This is a crucial time and set of stories in the history of Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Oral and written traditions from all three faiths are carefully explained, then combined to render thoughtful and fascinating interpretations of individual words and stories that make up the similarities and subtle differences between the faiths. All this may sound very "heavy," but the stories and reflections are done so well that the book is very readable and enjoyable. I recommend it highly and hope it will make you think about religion and the Bible in new ways.
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Steeped In The Truth 28 Mar. 2013
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For anyone interested in today`s news, and how the past into antiquity effects everything taking place
now........ read this book. It covers all the religions, so there isn`t anything but the truth, written in a
wonderful, complete way. This author has a heart for what the bible gives us, she also brings in much as
well of the Islamic faith, and for good or bad, she covers all of them....... I think to the best of anyone`s
ability I`ve read thus far.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book to share with others and I could buy ... 7 Oct. 2016
By Peggy Kuropat Bryant - Published on Amazon.com
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A great book to share with others and I could buy good quality copies at a very reasonalbe price to share with others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A woman's story. 17 Aug. 2014
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Now this is worth reading. A close examination of the complexities of family life and servanthood in ancient times. The comparison and use of additional scripture from other sources is revealing and enlightening.
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