University Creates New Chair to Explore Abrahamic Religions

July 7, 2008

Author: Nick Mackenzie

Source: Religious Intelligence

Oxford University is to create a new Chair in the Study of the Abrahamic Religions, following a benefactor’s gift of £2.5 million.

The chair, due to be filled from the start of the 2009/10 academic year will study the three religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam – all of which refer to the teachings of Abraham and his descendants. As an academic subject, Abrahamic Religions focuses especially on relations between the three religions.

Research in the Abrahamic Religions involves studying the founding texts of each religion, through a range of philosophical, historical, artistic and political topics. Its field stretches in time from the ancient world through to the present and spreads out from the Middle Eastern origins of the three religions to span the globe.