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'I did not imagine he'd do it. i actually did not imagine he could. i presumed he'd say, whoa, carry on, wait a minute. We made a deal, take into accout, the land, the blessing, the state, the descendants as a number of because the sands at the shore and the celebs within the sky.'

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I enjoyed his use of analogies relating to writers and editors. I have both learnt, and been entertained. Qaisra Sharaz James Goodman describes himself as ‘a reader, a son, a Jew, a father, a sceptic, a historian, a lover of stories and a writer’. Well, with the single exception of ‘Jew’ (thirty years ago I converted from agnostic to Roman Catholic), I can lay claim to all the same labels. And ‘reader’, the first on the list, is the most pertinent to Goodman’s subject matter. This is because every regular Catholic Sunday Mass requires lay readers to read passages from the scriptures pre-chosen in a three year cycle.

This is because every regular Catholic Sunday Mass requires lay readers to read passages from the scriptures pre-chosen in a three year cycle. The role that I have generally volunteered for throughout my years of living both in England and Australia. Except that the one reading I have always dreaded being rostered for is that for the 17th Sunday of the Catholic year: Genesis 18: 20-32 - the dialogue between Abraham and God concerning just how few ‘just men’* needed to be living in Sodom for the whole town to be spared a fiery fate.

To peer into the common heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It is an extraordinary tale, and Abraham and his Son is an extraordinary achievement. To understand this story is to understand a difficult part of what we are. Whether that part is the best of us or the worst is for the reader to determine. Robert Davidson Sandstone Press Highland Scotland 9th September 2014 This is an absorbing book. It explores the ancient story of Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son in apparent obedience to God’s command, and shows how it has been interpreted, re-interpreted, argued about, understood, misunderstood, applied and misapplied over the last three millennia.

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