Tracing the steps of Abraham

Travel Destinations — By on December 29, 2006 at 12:47 pm

The three major monotheistic religions that sprang from the Middle East – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – have been at the source of much division and conflict in the world.  What is sometimes forgotten, unfortunately, are the common roots of these three religions, such as their shared ancestry dating back to Abraham.

The author Bruce Feiler wrote about this topic recently in his book, Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths.  But now an organization called the Abraham Path Initiative is going further by developing a pilgrimage route that will trace the path of Abraham’s travels through the Middle East.  The project is discussed in this article.

Heeding God’s call, Abraham embarked on a journey to a new land, where a covenant with God, believers say, made him the patriarch of Jews, Muslims and Christians, celebrated for his faithfulness today by nearly half the world.  That same path through the Middle East is drawing new attention as a way to ultimately inspire and promote reconciliation for his children.

The Abraham Path Initiative calls for a renewed focus on the journey itself as a way to emphasize the shared ancestry of three often divided faiths. The group hopes to draw people to the region to retrace Abraham’s footsteps…

The Abraham Path project started … with a plan to chart Abraham’s path as closely as possible, from where he heard God’s call to his burial site. The route starts at the ruins of Harran in what is now southeastern Turkey and proceeds through Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel and Palestine. It ends in Jerusalem at the tomb of Abraham in Hebron.

For additional information, you can visit the website of the Abraham Path Initiative.

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