Includes author's English translation of Hebrew texts from the book of Genesis about Abraham.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-321) and index.
The history of Abraham -- Out of Sumer -- The original audience in Jerusalem -- What will history be now? -- A portable culture -- The meaning of journeys -- The call -- The education of Abraham -- Contracts -- The journey -- Promised Land -- The witness -- The cosmic theater in Ur and Harran -- Arranging a child -- The court of the world -- Acting out the drama -- The survivors -- The influence of the writing prophets -- Inheritance and the threat of extinction -- Death and burial.
Draws on Judaic, Christian, and Islamic writings to chronicle the life of Abraham, who forms the common root of the three religions, and reveals that the Bible story of Abraham is actually the oldest historical biography.