Who are the Real Chosen People?: The Meaning of Chosenness in Three Religions
Lecture by Rabbi Reuven Firestone, professor of medieval Jewish and Islamic Studies at Hebrew Union College.
When: Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 8 p.m.
Where: S.B. Hillel, 781 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista, CA
Age limit: All ages
Who is most beloved by God? Monotheists have often advanced the idea that their relationship with God is unique and superior to all others. Rabbi Reuven Firestone will explore the idea of "chosenness" as articulated through the scriptures of the three major monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. He will examine the origins of the ongoing competition and friction between these religions and will offer thoughts about how to overcome the discord between them.
A Professor of Medieval Jewish and Islamic Studies, Hebrew Union CollegeJewish Institute of Religion, Firestone is the author of Journeys in Holy Lands, Jihad: The Origin of Holy War in Islam, Children of Abraham and, most recently, Who Are the Real Chosen People? The Meaning of Chosenness in Judaism. Courtesy of Borders, copies of his books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
Event posted April 20, 2009
Last updated Jan. 11, 2010