First, the book- The Names of God in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: A Basis for Interfaith Dialogue, by Máire Byrne. It’s a
… welcome solution to the growing need for a common language in interfaith dialogue; particularly between the three Abrahamic faiths in our modern pluralistic society. The book suggests that the names given to God in the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament and the Qur’an, could be the very foundations and building blocks for a common language between the Jewish, Christian and Islamic faiths. On both a formal interfaith level, as well as between everyday followers of each doctrine, this book facilitates a more fruitful and universal understanding and respect of each sacred text; exploring both the commonalities and differences between each theology and their individual receptions. In a practical application of the methodologies of comparative theology, Maire Byrne shows that the titles, names and epithets given to God in the sacred texts of Judaism, Christianity and Islam contribute towards similar images of God in each case, and elucidates the importance of this for providing a viable starting point for interfaith dialogue.
Dr Byrne, at the SOTS Winter Meeting , 2011.
Second, the brilliant young scholar to hire. That would be, unsurprisingly, Máire Byrne, the author of this volume. I’ve had the pleasure of hearing her lecture and she’s simply excellent. Her methodology is sound, her approach is sane and sensible, and her delivery is fantastically engaging. She’s smart, sharp as a tack, and if I might be so bold, would be an unparalleled addition to any biblical studies or religious studies faculty.
If your department is looking for a young and coming scholar who will deliver the goods in the classroom and in printed studies and published materials with a grand future ahead of her, I think you should most seriously consider contacting her. She’s easy to find.
Any University or College smart enough and wise enough to snatch her up will be glad they did. No question.