# The Parable of the Three Rings and the Idea of Religious Toleration in European Culture

Authors: Shagrir, Iris

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• Examines the Premodern encounter between the three monotheistic religions through the unique prism of a literary historical piece: The Parable of the Three Rings
• Offers a comprehensive and accessible scholarly discussion that highlights the development of the parable's versions
• Highlights the capacity of the Parable to reflect interfaith openness
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This book examines the premodern encounter between the three monotheistic religions through the unique prism of a premodern literary work—The Parable of the Three Rings—a poignant and charming tale of a father who had three sons and one precious ring. By tradition he was to bequeath the ring to his heir, but he loved his three sons equally — so he had two new rings made, crafted to be indistinguishable from the original, and on his deathbed gave a ring to each son. The narrator explains that the father is God, and his sons are the Jews, the Christians, and the Muslims, each believing themselves to be the sole upholders of the true religion.

A historical and literary study, the book offers a comprehensive discussion of the various guises of the Parable, from the early Middle Ages onwards, and highlights its capacity to reflect openness and pluralism in the interfaith encounter.

Iris Shagrir is Professor of History at the Open University of Israel.

• Introduction

Pages 1-9

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• The Earliest Versions of the Parable of the Three Rings

Pages 11-41

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• The Rings Parable in Latin Europe

Pages 43-73

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• The Evolution of the Parable between the Thirteenth and Sixteenth Centuries

Pages 75-119

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• Conclusion: Religious Encounter and Religious Openness

Pages 121-127

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## Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Parable of the Three Rings and the Idea of Religious Toleration in European Culture
Authors
Translated by
Goldberg, I.
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-29695-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-29695-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-29694-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 148
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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