Isaac Unbound: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam read the Offering of Abraham’s Beloved Son

The 2020 Field Family Lecture in partnership with North Suburban Synagogue Beth El with Rabbi Burton Visotzky

By reading texts from the New Testament, Church Fathers, and Quran we can see how Christians and Muslims read this seminal story. A medieval midrash shows how Rabbis responded to the interpretations of the other “Abrahamic religions.” The class concludes with a discussion of the problem with the ideology of martyrdom that all three religions read in the harrowing tale of Genesis 22.