Axia College of University of Phoenix
There are many religions and faiths alive and practiced in the world today. Three of these religions are known as Patriarchal religions which means, an organization that traces its roots back to a male as the father head (The Free Dictionary, 2011). In this case the Patriarch Religions that all trace their roots back to one male father head is the faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The family head of these religions has been traced back to a man named Abraham. We will find that all three religions stem from the teachings of Abraham and have similarities, but also differ in ways of worship and belief.
The first accounts of Abraham go back in time to when Judaism was founded. Although Judaism was not founded by any one person or group, Abraham plays an instrumental role in the Jewish community (Fischer, 2005). The Jews have been a people who have had an ongoing relationship with God and have undergone much oppression and expulsions from their lands (Fischer, 2005). Abraham is believed to have made a covenant with God in which Jews are promised to be God’s chosen people if they are obedient to God’s rule (Fischer, 2005).
Abraham was blessed with two sons, Isaac from wife Sarah, and Ishmael from concubine Hagar (Fischer, 2005). God promised Abraham he would be the father of two nations, thus starts his major role in each of the patriarchal religions. In all three faiths, the story of Abraham is strikingly similar. Abraham’s wife Sarah was unable to bear a child and offered her Egyptian Servant girl to Abraham. They bore Ishmael and not long after Sarah was blessed with a son, Isaac, at the age of ninety (Fischer, 2005).
Sarah became jealous of Hagar and her son after Isaac was born, and ordered them banned to another part of the country (Fischer, 2005). God assures Abraham that they will be cared for and are guided to the land now known as Mecca (Fischer,... [continues]
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