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Of Promises and Previews: Urgent Old Messages for a New Millennium By Jane Broida Drake

Jacket: Paperback
Pages: 351 pages
Publisher:; (May 2001)
Genre: Religion and Philosophy
ISBN: 0595175201

Review: Jane Broida Drake has put together a truly thought provoking work. In "Of Promises and Previews: Urgent Old Messages for a New Millennium", Ms. Drake brings a host of unsettling questions to the forefront. She writes eloquently about God's defining characteristics of omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence. She also asks us to look into some of the more troubling aspects of our religious writings. For instance, where does Noah's tale figure into our understanding of God as a promise keeper and the story of destruction that follows? The author also causes the reader to stop and think about how our sacred texts present such difficult concepts as fratricide, incest and deceit and then reconcile that with an all powerful, all knowing God.

This book will certainly give the reader pause for thought and perhaps the desire for a second or third read through. It also does well in its efforts to draw together Muslim, Christian, and Hebrew scripture while pointing out the historical basis for the divisions we see today. In a time where it is altogether to simple to see the differences in the three major religions, this author does well to point out our historical and religions commonalities. This is a work packed with information and therefore a work that calls for deep thought and study. "Of Promises and Previews" will make a sound addition to the libraries of those who collect works on comparative religion and for those interested in these three hugely important faiths.

— Reviewed by: Timothy E. McMahon, M.S.


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