Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Religious Studies

First Advisor's Name

Dr. Eric Larson

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Dr. Iqbal Akhtar

Third Advisor's Name

Dr. Albert Wuaku


Abraham, supersede, supersession, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, fulfillment

Date of Defense



Supersession is the theory of one idea supplanting the other. In both Christianity and Islam, this idea is commonplace. In Christianity, the message of Jesus creates a New Covenant for both Jews and Gentiles, while in Islam, the revelation of Muhammad restores the original religion that God intended from the beginning. Christianity and Islam both supersede Judaism in very similar ways. In regards to the use of Abraham in particular, each religion inherits him by appealing to Jewish scripture or their oral tradition, using him to prove their truth claims, and claiming that their religion is originally the religion of Abraham.





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