Bruce Chilton is Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion at Bard College, Chaplain of the College, and Executive Director of the Institute of Advanced Theology. Books include Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography; God in Strength; Rabbi Paul: An Intellectual Biography; Judaic Approaches to the Gospels; Mary Magdalene: A Biography; Revelation; Trading Places; Jesus? Prayer and Jesus? Eucharist; Forging a Common Future; and Jesus? Baptism and Jesus? Healing.
Can a religious text be lethal? The story of Abraham and Isaac, shared by Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, has been used for centuries to glorify sacrifice—and it has never been our own story more than it is right now.