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, Part II

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. Part I of this series included God’s image and characteristics in both the Old Testament and the Qur’an as 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. This part expounds on the relationship between God and Abraham. Throughout these stories, we get an interesting look into the nature of the relationship between God and Abraham. Although we have touched on this briefly in some of the previously-mentioned characteristics of God, the nature of the relationship between Abraham/Ibrahim and God has not been discussed in detail.  Abraham’s relationship with God seems to be defined by two things:  1. His complete submission to God and lowliness in front of Him, and 2. His recognition of God’s power as the ultimate provider.

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