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Islamochristiana 35, 2009, 61–84



The Lies of Abraham

Original title : “Le menzogne di Abramo”

Even Abraham, the first of Israel’s patriarchs and one of Islam’s prophets, lied. The peculiar account of his lie, concerning his wife presented by him as his sister, is told three times in the biblical book of Genesis and, after having been filtered by rabbinic exegesis, is to be found several times in Muslim prophetic tradition. The passage from one religious context into the other yields significant modifications in the form, in the meaning of the story.

Titre original : “Le menzogne di Abramo”

Résumé : Même Abraham, patriarche d’Israël et prophète de l’islam, a menti. L’histoire singulière de son mensonge, à propos de sa femme présentée comme sa sœur, est racontée trois fois dans le livre biblique de la Genèse et, après avoir passé le filtre de l’exégèse rabbinique, se trouve à plusieurs reprises dans la tradition prophétique musulmane. Le passage d’un contexte religieux à un autre implique des modifications significatives dans la forme, dans le contenu et surtout dans la signification.

Titolo originale : “Le menzogne di Abramo”

Sommario : Anche Abramo, patriarca di Israele e profeta dell’islam, ha mentito. La singolare storia della sua menzogna, a proposito di sua moglie presentata come sua sorella, è raccontata tre volte nel libro biblico della Genesi e, dopo aver superato il filtro dell’esegesi rabbinica, si trova a più riprese nella tradizione profetica musulmana. Il passaggio da un contesto religioso ad un altro implica cambiamenti significativi nella forma, nel contenuto e soprattutto nel significato.

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