Brian Arthur Brown’s Seven Testaments of World Religion and the Zoroastrian Older Testament (hereafter, “7+Z”) gives Zoroastrians the opportunity to note how their histories may have influenced another seven global religious traditions and their creation/apocalyptic stories. . . . What 7+Z does irrefutably, is illustrate that interfaith dialogue and collaborative thinking regarding ways of being and ways of knowing (religious formation), occurred.
Seven Testaments is compelling and thought provoking for the astute reader… What if Zoroastrianism played so prominent a role in the developments of these other traditions? What would it mean for the adherents of these traditions? Perhaps there was a commingling of Judaism and Zoroastrianism in Babylon, resulting in Vedic influences which can be discerned in Christianity and Islam?.... What I find Seven Testaments to have done well is to broach these and other questions concerning the development of the world’s great Axial traditions. The fact is, however, despite the vignettes provided by Brown and the other contributors, that the above questions are left open, leading the reader to seek out the other two volumes of the Seven Testaments Trilogy—I know that I will.