A public lecture by
Dr. Jon D. Levenson, Albert A. List
Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard University
"Abraham Our Father - What Does He Father?"
Jews, Christians, and Muslims all
revere the figure of Abraham. In Judaism, Abraham is often seen as the
father of the faith, the first monotheist, and the man who saw through
idolatry. In Genesis, the biblical book in which story of Abraham
appears, none of this, interestingly, is found. There, he is not so much
a founder as a father. What or whom Abraham fathers became and remains a
major source of disagreement among the three traditions conventionally
called the “Abrahamic Religions.
Levenson is the Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at the
Harvard Divinity School, where he has been teaching since 1988. His work
concentrates on the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible. He is the author
of several books, including “Resurrection and the Restoration of Israel:
The Ultimate Victory of the God of Life,” which won the 2006 National
Jewish Book Award. His most recent book is “Resurrection: The Power of
God for Christians and Jews” which he wrote with Kevin Madigan of the
Harvard Divinity School.