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Towards a Jewish-Christian-Muslim Theology

Towards a Jewish-Christian-Muslim Theology

David B. Burrell

ISBN: 978-1-444-39579-2

Mar 2011, Wiley-Blackwell

224 pages



Towards a Jewish-Christian-Muslim Theology delineates the ways that Christianity, Islam, and the Jewish tradition have moved towards each another over the centuries and points to new pathways for contemporary theological work. 

  • Explores the development of the three Abrahamic traditions, brilliantly showing the way in which they have struggled with similar issues over the centuries
  • Shows how the approach of each tradition can be used comparatively by the other traditions to illuminate and develop their own thinking
  • Written by a renowned writer in philosophical theology, widely acclaimed for his comparative thinking on Jewish and Islamic theology
  • A very timely book which moves forward the discussion at a period of intense inter-religious dialogue

Introduction 1

1 Free Creation as a Shared Task for Jews, Christians, Muslims 9

2 Relating Divine Freedom with Human Freedom: Diverging and Converging Strategies 25

3 Human Initiative and Divine Grace: Augustine and Ghazali 51

4 Trust in Divine Providence: Tawakkul, “Abandonment,” and “Detachment” 63

5 The Point of it All: “Return,” Judgment, and “Second Coming” – Creation to Consummation 87

6 Realized Eschatology: Faith as a Mode of Knowing and Journeying 129

7 Respectfully Negotiating Outstanding Neuralgic Issues: Contradictions and Conversions 165

Epilog: Misuses and Abuses of Abrahamic Traditions 189

Index 193

“For using his considerable intellectual skills in that way, he should be commended and thanked.”  (International Journal of Systematic Theology, 19 June 2015)

“A new book by David Burrell is always something to look forward to.”  (Islam and ChristianMuslim Relations, 14 November 2014)

"Burrell’s work is highly learned ...This is not an easy book, but it is well worth the effort in wrestling with as we attempt to come to our own answers to such vexed questions.”  (Regent’s Reviews, 2012)

“This is a challenging, sensitive, appreciative, deep and broad-minded book.”  (The Muslim World Book Review, 2012)

“Burrell encourages dialogue between persons – conversations that may foster mutual understanding of such antithetical issues as ways of interpreting Scripture, Scripture as the word of God, Muslim attitudes toward the Christ figure, and Christians relating to a fresh revelation after Christ. [He] concludes that whatever Christians may think about Judaism and Islam, their encounter with Jews and Muslims is what matters. Recommended: Graduate students and above."  (Choice, 2011)