• The Modern Scholar

  • Judaism, Christinanity and Islam
  • By: Frank E. Peters
  • Narrated by: Frank E. Peters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Lecture
  • Release date: 08-14-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (140 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Attempting to understand religion in all its forms has forever been a source of frustration. In this course, Professor F.E. Peters defines Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as three faith communities of believers, each with its own ideology, history, traditions, and members - past and present. Professor Peters' extensive studies of these three monotheistic religious communities allow him to offer a comprehensive series of lectures beginning with Creation and ending with the Final Judgment. The history proper of the three communities of Jews, Christians, and Muslims begins with God's Covenant with Abraham. It continues with the birth, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus. When Saul, later called Paul, begins accepting Gentiles into the community of Jesus, the Christians are formed as a separation from the main body of the Jewish community. Once Christianity was identified as a new religion, it was no longer protected by the same laws that were extended to the Jews. Until the beginning of the fourth century, Christians were persecuted by suspicious and intolerant Romans. Force and violence are again linked with religion when Muhammad, the Muslim prophet, struck out militarily against those who rejected his claims to prophethood. This course examines the similarities and differences between each community and traces their evolutions through history. In this course, Professor Peters leads listeners through a comprehensive study of the origins, characteristics, and primary texts of each of these fundamentally monotheistic religious communities. As Peters concludes, only by understanding their similarities and differences can we hope to make sense of the politics of religion which continue to fuel conflicts throughout the world.
©2003 F.E. Peters; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC
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3 out of 5 stars
By eDave93 on 08-13-12

Informative review of the 3 big religions

I was a bit surprised that I liked this set of lectures as much as I did. Professor Peters has an engaging speaking manner and he provides a concise, but interesting, discussion of the early beginnings of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths. The early prophets that are common to each of these faiths are described along with the subtle, and not so subtle, differences that produced the three paths. I rate this lecture to be a good read.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Karen P. Smith on 10-29-08

Concept - "A"; Delivery - "C"

As a lengthy monologue presenting a very sound thesis, the Audiobook is a great success. Tying together the 3 monotheistic traditions of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity with the knot of their common patriarchal ancestry, the author tells a fascinating tale which also provides much valuable information about the 3 faith communities. As a "course," however (which it purports to be), the Audiobook is disappointing because of its unorganized, off-the-cuff presentation. I found it impossible, at the end, to find all the answers to the "Final Exam" questions without using outside sources.

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11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Abubakar on 03-16-11

I really enjoyed listening to this

As someone who has long been fascinated with these 3 faiths, this book really did its job in presenting these faiths side by side for comparison. The author is clearly excited by the subject and this makes it all the more interesting to listen to. This book is so informative as the author covers many topics. I definitely feel like I have an even better understanding of these religions as a result of this book. I was always reluctant to press the stop button and will probably listen to this a third or fourth time! I've rated this 4 stars and not 5 only because I disagree with one or two factual points the author discusses.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 01-06-18

Brilliant

This has been the first audio book that I have ever listened to. It's helped me learn and lot about by comparing the three religions Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Very educational. Good to know the history of the 3 religions.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Andrew Roshan on 03-16-17

Fantastic- objective and historic

I liked the objective and unbiased historic account of all three faiths.
Very descriptive content, rich in detail.

I would recommend to any Muslims and those of other faiths who wish to better understand the similarities and differences of these Abrahamic religions.

Although not the authors motive- I found this eduction can lead to tolerance.

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