Kill Me a Son!

A Symposium about Abraham, Isaac, and Ismael (video recording available, in German)

The story of the sacrifice of Abraham or the Binding of Isaac is one of the Bible’s most controversial episodes and can also be found in the Qur’an. It belongs to the fixed canon of tradition in the monotheistic religions, but they interpret it differently and put it into different religious practices with different meanings.

recording available

Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The Old Building is marked in green


Old Building, level 2, Great Hall
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

Recording of the opening event Kill Me a Son!, in German


Thu, 3 Sep 2015

7 pm

Welcome and Introduction

Cilly Kugelmann, Program Director of the Jewish Museum Berlin

7.10 pm

Symposium Opening
Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Abraham, Isaac, and Ishmael

Prof. Dr. Peter Schäfer, Director of the Jewish Museum Berlin

Prof. Dr. Angelika Neuwirth, Free University Berlin, Semitic und Arabic Studies Department

Fri, 4 Sep 2015

10.30 am


Prof. Dr. Peter Schäfer, Director of the Jewish Museums Berlin

10.35 am

Biblical and Koranic Exegeses

Moderation: Cilly Kugelmann, Jewish Museum Berlin

Binding of Isaac: Biblical Narrative in Rabbinic Exegetical Tradition

Prof. Dr. Isaac Kalimi, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Department for Old Testament and Biblical Archaeology

Ancient Christian Interpretations of the Obedience of Abraham

Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Christoph Markschies, Humboldt University Berlin, Department of Theology

How Ishmael Became the Sacrifice of Abraham in the Islamic Tradition

Prof. Dr. Younus Mirza, Allegheny College, Meadville/PA (USA), Philosophy and Religious Studies Department

12.30 pm Lunch Break
2 pm

Religious and Literary Receptions of the Sacrifice of Isaac and Ishmael

Moderation: Dr. Margret Kampmeyer, Jewish Museum Berlin

The Binding of Isaac – Jewish Martyrs and Christian Theology

Prof. Dr. Lena Roos, Uppsala University, Forum for Advanced Studies in Arts, Languages and Theology

The Sacrifice of Isaac: Readings of an Old Testament Text in Christian Liturgy

Prof. Dr. Benedikt Kranemann, University of Erfurt, Department of Catholic Theology

The Belief and Doubt of Prophet Abraham

Prof. Dr. Ziauddin Sardar, Chair of the Muslim Institute, London

4 pm Break
4.30 pm

Obedience: Leitmotif of the Abraham Narrative

Moderation: Dr. Mirjam Wenzel, Jewish Museum Berlin

Thinking and Obedience

Prof. Dr. Omri Boehm, New School for Social Research, New York, Department of Philosophy

The Obedience of Abraham as the Subject of Criticism in Political Theology

Dr. Dietrich Neuhaus, Dean and Lutheran Minister Ret., Frankfurt am Main

The Aporias of Obedience in Islam

Prof. Dr. Ahmad Milad Karimi, Westphalian Wilhelms University Münster, Center for Islamic Theology

6.30 pm Conclusion of the Symposium

Where, when, what?

  • When3 + 4 Sep 2015
  • Where Old Building, level 2, Great Hall
    Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin
    See location on map
  • Please note Event in German and English with simultaneous translation.

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