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Dialogue Institute Book Discussion Club

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Please Join us for The Dialougue Institute Book Discussion

We are hosting a book discussion titled "Shared Stories, Rival Tellings Early Encounters of Jews, Christians and Muslims".

The Book Discussion will be held on April 17th and May 15th at 6:30 pm at Raindrop Turkish House.

The first three parts of the book will be discussed on April 17th. The part IV and V will be discussed on May 15th. Ligt refreshment will be served.

Dr. William Tabernee, Executive Director of OCC will lead the discussion series at each season. Dr. William (Bill) Tabbernee was President and Distinguished Professor of the History of Christianity at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma, from 1991 to 2009. Dr. Tabbernee has extensive experience in ecumenical relations, including more than 20 years service as a member of the World Council of Churches’ Commission on Faith and Order. Dr. Tabbernee’s academic specialty is Christian thought and history. He continues to write, teach, and publish in this field. He also co-directs an archaeological project, exploring the site of two long-lost ancient cities which he discovered in Turkey. His most recent book is Early Christianity in Contexts: An Exploration Across Cultures and Continents (2014). An ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Dr. Tabbernee has served local congregations and was a seminary president in Australia before coming to live in the United States.

This is a wonderful opportunity to talk about the book and learn about the faiths. Book lovers will acknowledge our differences in a respectful way, to seek to understand, and to share the things that we do have in common. The book discussion builds tolerance, empathy, and understanding through shared dialogue.

About the Book ;

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are considered kindred religions-holding ancestral heritages and monotheistic belief in common-but there are definitive distinctions between these "Abrahamic" peoples. Shared Stories, Rival Tellings explores the early exchanges of Jews, Christians, and Muslims, and argues that their interactions were dominated by debates over the meanings of certain stories sacred to all three communities.

Robert C. Gregg shows how Jewish, Christian, and Muslim interpreters--artists as well as authors--developed their unique and particular understandings of narratives present in the two Bibles and the Qur'an. Gregg focuses on five stories: Cain and Abel, Sarah and Hagar, Joseph and Potiphar's Wife, Jonah and the Whale, and Mary the Mother of Jesus. As he guides us through the often intentional variations introduced into these shared stories, Gregg exposes major issues under contention and the social-intellectual forces that contributed to spirited, and sometimes combative, exchanges among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

Offering deeper insight into these historical moments and their implications for contemporary relations among the three religions, Shared Stories, Rival Tellings will inspire readers to consider--and reconsider--the dynamics of traditional and current social-religious competition.

For information please contact Kadir Akkus at (405) 702-0222 or okc@thedialoginstitute.org.





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