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Italian, Torah Crown, mid-19th century, parcel-gilt silver, Collection of the Comunità Ebraica di Venezia (The Jewish Community of Venice).

The Three Faiths of Abraham

Friday, Mar 15, 2013
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Law Building
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Speaker: Jill Carroll, scholar, author, and internationally recognized expert on issues of religious tolerance, philosophy of religion, American religion, and religion in public life; former director, Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance and adjunct professor of religious studies, Rice University.

Christianity, Islam, and Judaism trace their lineage to Abraham. All three are monotheistic, believing in a creator God who is the source of moral law, and the sacred texts of all three share many of the same stories, people, places, and events. Although their theological tenets and rituals may at first appear to have little in common, Jill Carroll outlines the commonalities and distinctions that unite and separate the three faiths of Abraham, and discusses how those distinctions are reflected in the exhibitions Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado (Spanish Catholic art); Arts of Islamic Lands: Selections from The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait; and Lost Treasure of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice.

A reception to meet the speaker follows each lecture.

Tickets
$5 MFAH Members
$8 Nonmembers + museum admission

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