Friday, October 30, 2009

The Binding of Abraham's Son

Jews, Christians, and Muslims put the binding of Abraham's son in the center of their religious narrative. For Jews, the story is featured on Rosh HaShannah. For Christians, the story prefigures the crucifixion of Jesus. For Muslims, Abraham and his son's submission to Allah is a critical moment in Islam and is celebrated each year in Eid ul Adha. We will read the seminal texts of each tradition and discuss the ideological implications of the story for religious identity formation.

With Rabbi Burton Visotzky, professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies at Jewish Theological Seminary, and Imam Syed Sayeed, religious life advisor for the Muslim Students Association at Columbia University.

DATE: Thursday, November 5

TIME: 7:00 pm

PLACE: Ansche Chesed, 251 W 100th Street

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