Scarsdale author and Jewish scholar David Arnow has joined forces with two other religious scholars to create a new interfaith website called Exodus Conversations. “What I’m hoping is that people who are curious will learn more about one another’s traditions,” said Arnow, the author of “Creating Lively Passover Seders: A Sourcebook of Engaging Tales, Texts & Activities” and other books.
The site explores how the story of Moses and the exodus are repeated in all three faiths. “It’s eye opening for Jews and Christians to know that this story is significant to Muslims,” he said.
Joining Arnow on the site to provide the Christian perspective is Mary C. Boys, a professor at Union Theological Seminary and author of “Redeeming our Sacred Story: The Death of Jesus and Relations between Jews and Christians.” Muhammad Shafiq, a professor of Islamic and religious studies at Nazareth College in Rochester, provides the Muslim point of view. The trio will explore a question of the week, each providing insight into how their religious traditions approach the issue, whether it’s “What does it mean for humans to bless God?” or “What are the implications of believing your group is chosen or exalted by God?”
“This is not something that’s going to solve the world’s problems overnight, but every little bit of understanding that you have something in common is helpful,” Arnow said.