p. 544. The Bible in the World of the Believers
- John Riches
Texts, once canonized, change and become sacred texts. ‘The Bible in the World of the Believers’ looks how the text then reflects the different beliefs of believing communities. This is illustrated with reference to the Akedah or the story of Abraham's binding of his son, Isaac, from Genesis 22 that touches a deep nerve in both Jewish and Christian communities. How this is interpreted in Jewish writings and by later Christian writers points to an inexhaustible vitality of these ancient writings. The different communities and the contexts in which they live points to some understanding of this diversity.