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Three Great Religions - One Common Ancestor

Updated on January 11, 2009
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Rebecca Graf is a seasoned writer with nearly a decade of experience and degrees in accounting, history, and creative writing.

There is so much out there about Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Most of it is negative, harsh, and inflammatory, and most of it by people who do not understand the history of these three great religions. At times there is not much love among these religions, resulting in wars, terrorism, and propaganda. But what most people do not understand is that all three of these religions are related and have a common ancestry, which could be a reason for some of the animosity. Family feuds can be deadly.

Christianity, Judaism , and Islam can all be traced back to one man named Abraham and each one considers him their founder. Abraham (known as Abram originally) was in his nineties and still without a son. When He was seventy five the Lord (Jehovah) promised him that his descendants would be as numerous as the grains of sand and the stars in the sky, but the years were passing with nothing happening. But The age of 100 was approaching fast and confusion began to set in on just how this was going to happen. Abraham never doubted God’s word; He just questioned the methods. As time went on and no child appeared, not even a girl, his wife, Sarah, became impatient. She followed the tradition of their people (the Chaldeans – ancestors of the Iraqi’s – more relationships) and offered her Egyptian handmaiden, Hagar, as a surrogate. The results of that union was Hagar, the handmaiden, giving birth to a son she called Ishmael. Since Hagar was successful at conceiving, she began to laud it over Sarah and remind her of her failure as a woman. Nothing can cut deeper in a woman’s heart than reminding her that she cannot have a child. As a result, Sarah began to mistreat Hagar until the handmaiden ran away during her pregnancy. As she rested near a spring in the desert waiting on death, the Lord spoke to her. He commanded that she return to Sarah and submit to her no matter how bad she was treated. As a result, the Lord would give her so many descendants that they could not be counted. She trusted and returned to give birth to Ishmael.

Thirteen years went by and Sarah finally gave birth to a son, Isaac. Based on the scripture used by Christians and Jews, this was the chosen one through which the world would be blessed. According to the Islamic scriptures, Ishmael was the chosen one. (At this time, I will be quoting more from the Christian and Jewish histories until I am able to obtain an English copy of the Islamic scriptures.) As Isaac grew, tension between him and Ishmael increased. Sarah was greatly distressed to see this, and she begged Abraham to send Hagar and Ishmael away. Abraham was greatly confused, but God told him to send them away and not to worry. He would take care of the boy. Ishmael would become a great nation and would not be forgotten. According to Jewish literature, Ishmael took the desert as his home, became an expert in archery, and married a woman from Egypt. He eventually had 12 sons of his own and many nations were born. Today we know Ishmael’s descendants as Muslims which number over 800 million. Though the organization of this religion did not occur until a few centuries later under the leader of a man named Mohammed. It was through Mohammed that the religious scriptures known as the Quran were put down and the foundations of the large religion established.

Isaac grew up and had two sons of his own, Esau and Jacob. They were twins that battled each other even before they were born. The conflicts did not subside as they grew older. In fact it intensified. Jacob and his mother followed the examples set before them with Abraham and Sarah and decided not to wait on God’s actions and decided to trick Isaac into passing on the family blessing to Jacob instead of Esau who was the first born. Needless to say, this caused resentment and hatred between the two brothers. It was so bad that Jacob left the country to live with far away relatives for a couple of decades until his brother’s anger abated. Esau became the ancestor of the Edomites and Jacob (Israel) had 12 sons who were the founders of the 12 tribes of Israel – the beginnings of the Jewish nation. Isaac became the father of Judaism and of the Edomites. These two nations would be in constant conflict with each other, as well as, with the descendants of Ishmael. The Jewish/Christian Bible is full of the accounts of the conflicts among these nations. It records victories and defeats. The conflicts of today are continued issues from centuries ago.

Centuries later when most of what we know as the Middle East was under Roman rule, a man named Jesus arrived on the scene in the small town of Bethlehem and turned the world on end. He was born from the Jewish tribe of Judah as a direct descendant of the most famous of Jewish kings, David, and proclaimed that He was the chosen one sent to redeem a fallen world. His ministry was only a short three years but it was a powerful one within the Jewish culture. But the Jewish leaders rejected His claims and through much manipulation of the political system and through the Roman judicial courts had Him killed. Just three days after His death, reports rolled in of His resurrection. Eyewitness accounts became numerous, and His devoted followers became bold in their teachings and more and more followers appeared in the surrounding countries. The Roman government at the time looked at this as just another sect of Judaism. Though as time went on and the problems between the Jews and the new sect increased, it became apparent that the two were not quite the same anymore. The new religion Christianity came into existence. Most people are unaware that in the beginning there was no separate religion from Judaism. The followers of Jesus still considered themselves Jews. They just believed that the promise of a savior had been fulfilled. The Jews saw them as heretics and tried to stamp out the effects. This caused much conflict that over the centuries continued and in some parts of the world still exists today. Though, as a whole, the Christian community and the Jewish community can co-exist peacefully in today’s world.

Many people I have spoken to seem to think that much of the problems in the Middle East is a relatively new issue, but the history books say otherwise. These issues have been around for centuries. Each group just seems to find new ways to express their feelings.

Abraham’s wife, Sarah, eventually died at the age of 127. A little known fact is that Abraham married again to a woman named Keturah. She bore him six more sons. Each one of these became the father of nations. From the verses it is also understood that he had other sons by various concubines. His descendants did become as numerous as the stars.

And just like siblings of today, so do these nations and religions have periods of unrest and fights. The scriptures are full of trouble between the various clans that continue to this day. You do not believe me? Check our newspapers.

Three great religions that number in the millions. All three related with a common founder. All three tied together through history and blood. All three from a dysfunctional family.


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    • celafoe profile image


      2 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      do not any of you responders have any real knowledge of scripture??? All that many responses and no one even mentions ( apparently do not know) what God told Hagar about her son.

      Gen 16:9-12

      9 The Angel of the Lord said to her, "Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hand." 10 Then the Angel of the Lord said to her, "I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be counted for multitude." 11 And the Angel of the Lord said to her:

      "Behold, you are with child,

      And you shall bear a son.

      You shall call his name Ishmael,

      Because the Lord has heard your affliction.

      12 He shall be a wild man;

      His hand shall be against every man,

      And every man's hand against him.

      And he shall dwell i

      The scripture is true He was made into an icon of evil. the false religion called islam by the pedophile rapist.murderer mohamed which is against all of God's people and all that is of God.

      Yes he is son of Abraham but an illegitimate son, the fruit of

      the flesh which is against God, which is why he is.

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      6 years ago

      What books have you read in relation to history?

    • SwordofManticorE profile image


      6 years ago from Burlington

      Yes I am special forces. but lets test your theory about my knowledge of history and religion. History is my favorite interest, so test me.

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      6 years ago

      Sword, I note you're more of a military guy and have no knowledge of history or religion or the Bible whatsoever.

      Islam IS descended from Abraham through Ishmael and it has defended numerous essential Christian teachings such as creation ex nihilo and an historical Jesus as a king messiah.

      Judaism can be accredited with kick-starting both religions. We are all three connected.

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      6 years ago from Burlington

      Islam is a man made religion and has nothing to do with Abraham. The parable in Luke 16 about Lazarus and the rich man speak of two peoples. The Jews of Judea who is symbolically spoken of as the rich man, and the gentile nations who is symbolically spoken about as Lazarus. It has nothing to do with islam. islam claims that the quran is perfectly written in Arabic, yet the apparent messenger jibril (Gabriel) who gave the book to mohammed is not written perfectly in Arabic, yet it is written perfectly in Hebrew.

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      8 years ago

      the jewish leaders did not have jesus killed...the roman athorities had him killed and the jewish leaders were forced to let them kill him with the threat of taking their power over the jewish people away from them

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      Jesus 2point3 

      8 years ago from West Hazleton, Pennsylvania

      So, 'Co' thinks he knows something about Islam,

      but in reality what he believes is all in his head.

      The facts are there for anyone to see,

      and the truth will set you free.

      Knowledge is the key to understanding it all,

      and all you've done is repeat what others have said,

      who want to manipulate you, my friend.

      Why don't you try to find a real Muslim guy,

      who'll tell you what it's all about,

      or you can contact me.

      So 'Co', mellow out for a while,

      and when you've got some time to kill,

      we can get the conversation started.

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      8 years ago

      You seem to know absolutely nothing about Islam if you think it is related to Judaism and Christianity. It was made up by a murderous pedophile who claimed his god was Allah, which until that time, Allah had always existed as a the moon god. Mohammed took the name but changed him from the moon god to the supreme being that he had read about with regard to Judaism and Christianity, and claimed they were related. The Quran is the fiction of one murdering pedophile and not the Word of God. Get your facts straight or please refrain from writing about things which you know nothing about but what someone told you.

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      Taalib Pugh1 

      8 years ago

      First I would like to say I appreciate your attempt at such a history the history of the Main religions that was established by such a figure known as "Abraham"

      Though it was informative from the historical stand point of lineage, heritage, and cultural. But you left out one great aspect these great main religions that Abraham's life was based on.In Arabic it is called Tawheed (Islamic Monotheism)great foundation of this great Prophet's Message and legacy not just lineage or heritage. I wrote my first hub here about this subject matter Monotheism its seems to be the forgotten thing of even some Muslims. Its called "Tawheed First" its in this same category please view it. Its very informative as well but thanks again.

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      Jesus 2point3 

      8 years ago from West Hazleton, Pennsylvania

      Hello Poster, how do you do? I'm glad to meet your acquaintance. Of course you are right, but I didn't forget, and remember, there are even more than you've mentioned my friend.

      That's the way it goes,

      when the spoken word happens in a different place & time, than when you read what was said way back when.

      When Buddha did what he did & put out the flame,

      he didn't write anything down,

      and when Jesus 1.0 was walking around,

      he didn't do it either you poster.

      He wasn't an imposter, and neither was Muhammad either,

      But the last one in this trinity of beings,

      had the sense to write it down somehow, of that you can be sure of.

      The Surahs of the Noble Qur'an are the results of his inspiration. They were delivered by the Angel Gabriel,

      peace be upon all three of these individuals from the past.

      The 3 of them said essentially the same old thing,

      that universal truth. If you want to be free, it's not about believing in me, or that trinity, and knowledge is the key.

      Take responsibility for all you think, and everything you do, and you just may find your peace of mind, before you rest in peace.

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      8 years ago

      Jesus 2.3 you name Sunni, Shia, & the Sufis and then say that you are not a seperated relegion. You also forgot one, the Ahmaddiya. The reason you probably did not know about them is because the Sa'udi officials dont recognize them as true muslims since they are a little different. All 3 relegions have seperations no mater how you look at it. Each relegion has their extream beleavers and their more liberal beleavers. Christians have united methodist and catholics, there are the hasidic jews, and there are islamic extreamists that you and I both know are out there. You cannot use seperation of relegions as a valid argument when that is how relegion was formed.

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      Jesus 2point3 

      8 years ago from West Hazleton, Pennsylvania

      Based on the link you provided my friend, there's more than one way to interpret what it says, of that you can be sure of.

      The Surahs of the Noble Qur'an were originally recited by a man, and then others repeated what he said. it took some time to write it down, but it appears to be rather complete, with little difference from when it began.

      On the other hand, did you read what I linked, about that bible you believe in? In reality it's been manipulated by many men, for many, many years, and then again, there are multiple versions in existence today, of which the Christians can't agree on.

      While it's true Islam has the Sunni & Shia, lets not forget the Sufi's, the truth is that they all follow the same book, but it's not the same with the Christians.

      That's just the way it goes, when the time & place was long ago, and you let others manipulate your mind. Take the time to think it through, before you comment again.

      Peace be with those who search for the truth,

      may you Discover what it is, before your reality ends here.

      With an Everlasting Love,

      Now, & Forever Always,

      virtually yours,

      me, myself, & i

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      Jesus is the only way 

      8 years ago

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      Jesus 2point3 

      8 years ago from West Hazleton, Pennsylvania

      The only way you'll get to see that link, is to remove the smile at the end ;-)

      If you do that my friend, you'll discover the truth about that book you believe in. Why don't you open your eyes to the truth, and click on the link that Nia provided all those years ago? Take the time to use what's between your ears, instead of believing what you hear from those who'd manipulate your mind.

      'Nothing' is what Stephen is Hawking as a god for atheists. They're the guys who have faith in what others tell them, without thinking it through for themselves.

      Stephen believes he knows the reason for everything, except the beginning of time, while his mind is full of 'Nothing'.

      But then again, it don't matter which way you see the world, if you know what the truth is. All is going according to the plan, and it's happening quite naturally.

      In my mind God is Reason, & I thank ALLAH for giving me life.

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      Jesus is the only way 

      8 years ago

      Btw, the link in your previous post links to.....nothing.

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      Jesus is the only way 

      8 years ago

      Jesus 2.3

      I am sorry you believe what you do.  I pray for your sake that your heart has not been hardened, but it sounds as though it has.  If you are relying on yourself and your good deeds or whatever to enter the kingdom of Heaven I assure you, you will fall short.  You will never be holy enough on your own to stand before GOD almighty!  You will stand at the Bema seat judgement and when He asks why you rejected The Messiah it will be too late.

      You are right, no man can change what is coming in our future.  It is the prophecy of God and WILL come to pass and it isn't going to be pretty.

      As for the bible, yes there are many translations.  Some easier than others to understand, but ALL contain the same message.  I can sit in a bible study with 20 other people and every different version and we all receive the same message as revealed to us by the Holy spirit living within us.   The bible IS the living breathing word of GOD.  

      For all you readers.  If you are seeking truth please do not be led astray by this man.  Cry out to GOD and HE will reveal the truth to you!  

      Galatians 1:8 "Let GOD's curse fall upon anyone, including myself, who preaches any other message than the one we told you about.  (Salvation through Jesus Christ, nothing more nothing less). Even if an angel comes from Heaven and preaches any other message let him be forever cursed.  I will say again: if anyone preaches any other gospel....let GOD's curse fall upon that person."

      God chooses each of us individually.  He only calls us so many times before He allows our hearts to be hardened and gives us over to the bondage of our sin.  

      This will be my last post unless anyone has any questions, I would be happy to lead you in the direction of the truth.  There is no value arguing truth with one who has been hardened against it.

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      Jesus 2point3 

      8 years ago from West Hazleton, Pennsylvania

      There's only one way to go when you know what the truth is, and in reality it ain't christianity, but you can believe whatever you choose.

      I'm not here to change anyone, regardless what they believe. If you hope to understand what's going on today, you've gotta' open up your eyes, and think with what's between your ears.

      If you allow others to manipulate what you think, you get just what you deserve, but then again everyone does!

      You may deserve to go to hell, but I'll let ALLAH decide. For God is the ALL Knowing ONE, & Jesus 1.0 knew this truth, which is why he bowed down to ALLAH.

      Hagar was a slave, and that ain't no lie, but Ishmael was the father of a great nation, and Islam is it's name.

      Isaac was the guy who is the father of the Jews, who ALLAH promised some land too.

      But now is the time for it all to come together, because it's all part of the plan that no man can CHANGE at all . . .

      . . . Regardless what you hope for.

      You'll notice I don't quote the bible, nor do I quote the Qur'an, even though it's the true word of God. In reality there's a reason for that, and this is what it is:

      While the Surahs of the Noble Qur'an can help you to understand, and that you can be sure of, I know that many can't grasp what it says, and the Bible comes in many versions (, which one do you believe in?

      In reality I'm as free as can be, because I take responsibility, for all I think & do. I've got my peace of mind my friend, and I'm ready for what's comin' next!

      While you believe only Christians are forgiven, Islam accepts the truth that everyone will get just what they deserve, and that ain't no lie my friend!

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      Jesus is the only way 

      8 years ago

      Jesus 2.3

      We do not all get what we deserve. All any of us deserve is to go to HELL because we are all sinners. Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. The people who get what they deserve are people who reject Christ. Christians although no better than anyone else are covered by the blood of Christ and we WILL NOT get what we deserve. We will spend an eternity with God the father and God the son. Not because we deserve to but because we have admitted our shortcomings and the need for a savior.

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      Jesus is the only way 

      8 years ago

      Hagar (Ishmaels mother) and Ishmael represent slavery and bondage, Mt. Sanai a place of terror.  Sara and Isaac represent freedom through Christ, Mt. Zion a place of peace.  Ishmael is a result of the flesh, what happens when we try to take things into our own hands instead of waiting on God.  We learn in Genesis 16: 11 The angel of the LORD also said to her: (Hagar)“You are now pregnant and you will give birth to a son. You shall name him Ishmael,[a] for the LORD has heard of your misery.  12 He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward[b] all his brothers" 

      Thats one promise i don't care to be part of.  Isaac is the child of promise, the child God intended to give Abraham and Sarah, the child of the everlasting covenant. Christianity is the only Great religion as any religion that doesn't accept Jesus as Lord and Savior has a first class ticket to HELL, there's nothing great about that. 

       "I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me," (John 14:6).  ANYONE, whether they believe in God or not who rejects Jesus Christ is an apostate.  Apostasy is the only unforgivable sin, punishable by spiritual death or Hell.  We are ALL sinners, without Jesus' cleansing blood that is what God sees when He looks upon us.  Jesus' blood cleanses us so that we can stand before God righteously and without blame.  If you don't know the son, the Father  doesn't know you and will throw you into the lake of fire on judgement day.

      Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, before it's too late.

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      Jesus 2point3 

      8 years ago from West Hazleton, Pennsylvania

      Larry, Larry, Larry, what's wrong with that mind of yours? You write here it's all the women's fault, but where would we be without them?

      Sarah is a Silverman, who thinks Jesus is magic, but then she goes & makes fun of those who believe the man was God.

      I HOPE you know that don't CHANGE anything at all.

      The both of you may believe that God chose just a few,

      but in reality we're all here by the will of ALLAH.

      All you've gotta' do is accept reality for what it is,

      and tell the truth to one & all, before your last moment here.

      If you do this you may begin to find Nirvana, but in reality if it's bliss you want, why not submit your will to God?

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      Larry Silverstein 

      8 years ago

      What this shows is the trouble WOMEN have caused in the world. From Eve getting us kicked out of the Garden to Lot's daughter getting him drunk and having sex with him to Miriam doing her early feminist act and challenging Moses authority to Bethsheba exposing herself on her roof & snaring David to Solomon's wives getting him to offer human sacrifices to Delilah betraying Samson & on and on it went. God should have cooked the rib & gave it to Adam & we would still be in Paradise& not in "Hell" having to put up with WOMEN!

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      Jesus 2point3 

      8 years ago from West Hazleton, Pennsylvania

      In reality some of what you say is true, but then again some of it isn't. Islam is a word that means, "Submission to God", of which Adam was the first one.

      Abram was indeed the father of Ishmael & Isaac, who were all chosen by Allah. You can find it in that bible of yours, of that you can be sure of.

      The Surahs of the Noble Qur'an can help you to understand, if you've got an open mind. In reality you can believe whatever you choose, but it will never CHANGE the truth . . .

      regardless what you HOPE for.

      Peace to all who are searching for truth,

      and may the rest of you, and your loved ones too,

      live long & prosper.

      Just don't forget that when all is said & done,

      everybody gets what they deserve,

      and remember, you can't take anything with you when you're gone.

      With an Everlasting Love,

      Now, & Forever Always,

      virtually yours,

      Mr. Jesus 2.3

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      krishan Goenka 

      9 years ago

      why no one talks about common ancestry for better understanding and removal of animosity among these three great religion o the world?

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      9 years ago from vancouver BC

      Hello every one

      nice to meet every one here,

      Thank you dear Rgraf for your time and efforts for this wonderful Historical story of Abraham, very informative I followed your story closely and it is pretty much the same in Islam. i Hope you can bring any study about Islam and Qur'an.

      let me describe in my humble way how much i admired your praise to the three religion in equality and respected way , not any body can give such a testament , cause they are prisoners of their ego ,pride and animosity, but never mind those Feud .

      We must admit that,it takes knowledgeable and open minders people to take the stand and speak out the truth,and treat humans equal as we are equal in our Lord's sights .

      But let insert this little information for HOOWANTSTONO 

      First -Islam is not a new religion that started from Mohammed time.

      sec. Islam is true religion and and old religion, there are 1.5 Billion Muslims in all corners of the World they were not all born Muslims they are reverting to Islam By thousands yearly,this is can tell you that they are finding the truth about the true religion, do know Muslims don't promote their religion by knocking from door to door.its just matter of education ,discovery of truth,and a return to Lord

      let me define Islam for you for your information

      Islam =Submission...........Muslims=Submitters

      all the prophets preached,conveyed the message of Submission=Islam and they been Submitters =(Muslims) to their Lord.

      The Qur'an mentioned 25 prophets and messengers,including their History, before Mohammed (Peace be upon them all)

      started from grand son of Adam (Enoch/ Idriss) -( Noah) - ( HUd/hebert),- (Saleh/..)-(LUT/Lot) - Ibrahim /Ibraham) -smail/ ishmel)-( Is'haq (Isaac) - Yaqub (Jacob)-Ysuf (Joseph) - Ayyub/ (Job) - Shu'ayb/(Jethro) - Musa/( Moses) - Harun /(Aaron -Dawud (/David) -)Sulayman/(Solomon) - Ilyas/( Elisha) -Yunus/( Jonah)-( Dul-kifl /( Ezekiel) _(Yahya/(Jhone the babtise) -Isa/ ( Jesus)-Muhammed.

      We do have the trace of Mohammed ancestors (PBUP thm ) all the way to Abraham there are 40 grand father by name , root,and their History. we know them just like we know our grand fathers

      . Moslims are well informed about all the three religions,Qur'an teaches about all the three religions back then and what will come, no book talked about sience of our time like the QUran did. if you want to know more you can follow my Hus.

      was nice talking to every one here

      Bless all three religions :))

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      9 years ago

      Great hub. Put together very nicely.

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      10 years ago

      Love the star of david

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      10 years ago

      Bravo! I applaud you on taking the time to look further into Christian, Islamic, and Jewish history. Few people do that though they profess a strong belief in one of the three faith's I just mentioned.

      Check out my site as I have also written similar Hubs on this subject!

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      Nia L 

      11 years ago

      Good hub but what you wrote at the end : "All three from a dysfunctional family" that is not correct. These three great religions have been brought by three great prophets sent down from One God with One message. That can be seen through various similarities in these religions such as the concept of the creation of the universe,belief in adam and eve,in all previous prophets, the day of Judgement, heaven and hell, fasting, and peace and harmony etc etc. The problem occurred with the interpretation of people. I strongly suggest to anyone who is interested in these religions to visit this site

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      Dutch Hermit 

      11 years ago from Utrecht

      it's too bad that christianity is too much influenced by the Greeks and even more the Romans. It is not for no reason part of the judaistic culture.

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      11 years ago from Ft. Lauderdale

      Very nice hub!

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      Rebecca Graf 

      11 years ago from Wisconsin

      HOOWANTSTONO, Islam claims to be from Abraham through Ishmael. Whether I can personally trace their DNA is not the question here. They trace their believes back to Abraham. It was a new religion because Mohammed was the first to put any of their scriptures down or organize it. But just because Mohammed was the first to set Islam as an official religion does not mean that they cannot trace their roots back to Abraham. Abraham was the father of the Ishmaelites and the Israelites since he had two sons.

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      11 years ago

      Islam cannot be traced back to Abraham. Islam is a religion that started from Mohammed, that took scriptures from the Torah and pieces from Christianity, like the false scriptures from Judaic sects, that were never accepted as truth. Hence a new Religion.

      The only things that are traced back to Abraham is Gods promise.

      Abraham was the father of Ishmaelites, and they were not Israelites, nor were they Moslems then either.

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      11 years ago

      I think, Not only these people have common ancestors, but whole human race are children of Adam and Eve.

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      11 years ago

      Thank you for this, very informative. Hope some people learn from this today and understand Abram (Abraham) was the ancestor of Jews, Christians and Moslems

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      Rebecca Graf 

      11 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thank you, t.keeley. I really appreciate it. It really frustrates me when people don't understand the history of today. It explains so much. The issues are not new they are just more creative. thanks again for the compliment.

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      11 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      This should be far more popular. I don't think I've read something quite like this in a blog in ages, books cover the topic nicely though! You give history justice it deserves!

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      Rebecca Graf 

      11 years ago from Wisconsin

      Eddie, thank you. This was a topic close to my heart since I have friends who are from the Muslim faith. We are so close to each other and it keeps getting forgotten.

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      Eddie Perkins 

      11 years ago

      I always appreciate the depth that you put into your articles.

      Thank you. ~ eddie

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      Rebecca Graf 

      11 years ago from Wisconsin

      CW, that would be nice if siblings could get along. Thanks again for stopping by and commenting.

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      11 years ago from Washington, USA

      Rgraf- Nice informative hub. Now this calls for reconciliation between the offspring of Ismail and Isaac.

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      Rebecca Graf 

      11 years ago from Wisconsin

      Kelly, I haven't read that one. I'll look into it for sure. Thanks for the tip.

      Childcen, most people don't realize how close the cultures are.

      Goldentoad, so do I.

      LondonGirl, Thank you.

      Thanks to all of you for stopping by.

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      11 years ago from London

      wonderful hub - thank you!

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      11 years ago from Free and running....

      I hope this enlightens some folk.

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      11 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi RGraf,

      Great to read about this! I always told friends that the difference between Islam and Christianity start with Isaac and Ishmael. The rest is history...

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      Kellys Writing 

      11 years ago


      This is a really great hub. I liked it a lot. I don't know if you have read this book but it is very interesting and one of my favorites

      The Masada Scroll by Paul Block and Robert Vaughan. It is a fiction book but it is amazing. In short it is about the Three Paths to God .

      Great hub.

      Best wishes,


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      Rebecca Graf 

      11 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thank you. I've always thought it was interesting.

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      Mike the salesman 

      11 years ago from birmingham alabama/sherwood oregon

      wow! that was truly a GREAT Hub Rebecca! .. The fact of Abrham's other marriage, etc, made great reading. Thanks so much!


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