Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Book Review: Moon-o-theism, Chapter 5

Another great chapter. This one chronicles Mohammad's first exposure to the Abrahamaic faiths, though in a rather unusual form. Apparently Abraham was venerated by the people of Haran, which was a pagan city. His early exposure therefore came through a pagan lens. Think that might skew things a little?

A couple of things that stood out to me in this chapter:

First, it's important to remember that the people who wrote the ancient texts did so for a reason. They're not necessarily offering the unvarnished truth.

Second, many of the documents are fragmentary and have been filled in by scholars, so if they show a remarkable resemblance to the Bible, it is often the scholars interpretation of the gaps that makes it be so.

Again, another chapter well worth reading.

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