Message of Thaqalayn

A Quarterly Journal of Islamic Studies

A Conversation with Abraham: Exploring the Image of God in the Bible and the Qur'an

Abstract: The patriarch Abraham has a special place as a central figure in all three monotheistic religions. Although essentially the "One" God that all monotheistic religions consider as their Lord, the God of Abraham in the Old Testament, Bible, and the Qur'an are arguably very different Gods. In all of the Abrahamic religions, at the most fundamental level, God is "the maker of heaven and earth". Despite many other shared elements, the image of God and His characteristics diverge on other points. As the father of monotheism, Abraham's perception of God in each text serves as an important portal into the image of God in each. In this part, God's image and characteristics in both the Old Testament and the Qur'an will be compared and contrasted in regards to "seeing God, His knowledge, His all-hearing quality, and His justice, and how these aspects contribute to an image of Him. 

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