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Questions tagged [abraham]

The first patriarch -- see Genesis 12-25.

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Why is Abraham so adamant to pay for the land to bury Sarah?

In Genesis 23 (NIV), Abraham negotiates with the Hittites to purchase a burial plot for his wife, Sarah. He is particularly interested in the property of Ephron the Hittite with whom he negotiates: ...
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Was Abraham"s reaction one of disappointment in Genesis 17:18?

After the disclose that Abraham's heir was still in the future not his current son,somehow his reaction seemed peevish and one of disappointment Genesis 17 NASB ” 17 Then Abraham fell on his face ...
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Circumcision: for Seed or Seeds?

There is something I am not understanding. For a little while now I thought that the reason we did not have to be circumcised was because circumcision belonged only to "the [fleshly] descendants" of ...
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Does Genesis 22:13 speak of a “single ram”, “another ram”, or “a ram behind”?

Genesis 22:13 (MT) reads: וַיִּשָּׂ֨א אַבְרָהָ֜ם אֶת־עֵינָ֗יו וַיַּרְא֙ וְהִנֵּה־אַ֔יִל אַחַ֕ר נֶאֱחַ֥ז בַּסְּבַ֖ךְ בְּקַרְנָ֑יו וַיֵּ֤לֶךְ אַבְרָהָם֙ וַיִּקַּ֣ח אֶת־הָאַ֔יִל וַיַּעֲלֵ֥הוּ לְעֹלָ֖ה ...
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In Genesis 13 and 18 was the grievous sin in Sodom and Gomorrah homosexuality?

An outcry had gone against the two cities of Sodom & Gomorrah as early as the thirteenth chapter in the book of Genesis concerning a grievous sin. Genesis 13:12-13 NKJV 12 Abram dwelt in the ...
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Were women covered under the covenant of circumcision in Genesis 17:14?

Genesis 17:14 (NKJV) 14 And the uncircumcised male child, who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant.” God tells ...
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In Genesis 16 is the angel that comes to Hagar the Lord in angel form or a different angel?

In Genesis 16} When Hagar runs away from Sarai and is crying in the wilderness an Angel of the Lord appears to her. Now I know there are instances in Joshua and even later in Abraham's story where '...
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Testing Abraham at Isaac's binding

The story of the binding of Isaac begins with (see interlinear text here): וַיְהִ֗י אַחַר֙ הַדְּבָרִ֣ים הָאֵ֔לֶּה וְהָ֣אֱלֹהִ֔ים נִסָּ֖ה אֶת־אַבְרָהָ֑ם וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֵלָ֔יו אַבְרָהָ֖ם וַיֹּ֥אמֶר ...
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In Genesis 22:5 why did Abraham say “We shall return” before sacrificing Isaac?

I was reading the story of the binding of Isaac in Genesis 22 and something confused me. Abraham packs his donkey and brings with him his son and two servants to the hill God had designated. My ...
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Why did God ask Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering? (Genesis 22:2)

Genesis 22:2 (NRSV) He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show ...
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Fourth from whom in Genesis 15:12-16?

(KJV) Genesis 15:12 12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. 13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy ...
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Relationship between Abrahamic and Canaanite religion?

In Genesis 14:17-24 Abraham meets Malkizedek the king of Salem after he defeats the kings of the east, and we find (NIV): 17 After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied ...
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Why is Sarah's pregnancy so remarkable?

Genesis 17:17 ESV states: Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old,...
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Why did God refer to Isaac as Abraham's “only son”? [duplicate]

In Genesis 22-2, God refers to Isaac as Abraham's "only son". I have heard explanations asserting that its because Ishmael was a born of a slave woman, but it still doesn't mean that God would ...
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Did Abraham receive a call to leave Ur as alluded to in Acts 7:2-4?

Acts 7:2-4 (KJV) 2 And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran, 3 And said unto him, ...
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How is Abraham offering Isaac a parable?

The word παραβολὴ (parable) is written outside the Gospels only in Hebrews: Which was a figure (παραβολὴ) for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not ...
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The point of Genesis 23?

Have heard some commentary on this, but nothing detailed. Why did the author of Genesis spend so much time on Abraham's purchase of Ephron's field? Maybe more to the point, why was the story ...
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Why Was Terah Travelling to Canaan?

Genesis 11:31 states: וַיִּקַּ֨ח תֶּ֜רַח אֶת־אַבְרָ֣ם בְּנ֗וֹ וְאֶת־ל֤וֹט בֶּן־הָרָן֙ בֶּן־בְּנ֔וֹ וְאֵת֙ שָׂרַ֣י כַּלָּת֔וֹ אֵ֖שֶׁת אַבְרָ֣ם בְּנ֑וֹ וַיֵּצְא֨וּ אִתָּ֜ם מֵא֣וּר כַּשְׂדִּ֗ים לָלֶ֙כֶת֙ ...
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Did Abraham meet Jacob as alluded in Hebrews 11:9?

Hebrews 11:8-9 (KJV) 8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 9 By ...
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When did Abraham see Jesus' day? John 8:56-57

And why did the Jews think Jesus was saying that he had seen Abraham when Jesus just spoke of Abraham seeing his day (and therefore him)? John 8:56-57 (ESV) 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced that he ...
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What is the significance of Abraham's name change with the covenant from YHWH?

YHWH makes a covenant with Abram and first changes his name to Abraham, but how does this relate to the covenant? I’m interested because YHWH’s name is mentioned about 7,000 times in the tanach so ...
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Are Genesis 15 and 17 two different covenants with Abram/Abraham?

God made a covenant with Abram in Genesis 15, specifically Verse 18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, To your descendants I have given this land, From the river of Egypt as ...
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Was the well of water invisible in Gen 21:19?

What does 'opened her eyes' mean here? Was the well of water invisible, like the donkey to Balaam? Genesis 21:19 (KJV) 19 And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and ...
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Why does Abraham purchase a well he already owns?

Genesis 21 records a dispute over a well between Abraham and Abimelech: At that time Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, said to Abraham, “God is with you in all that you do. Now swear ...
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Why does Abraham plant a tree?

In Genesis 21:33, the text states, Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beer Sheba. This is in the context of a treaty regarding a well in Beer Sheba, but it seems at first glance to have no ...
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Why did Abraham bind his son Isaac?

Genesis 22:9 reads: “When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the ...
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How do we know that the 'land' in Gen 15:13 is Egypt?

Genesis 15:13 (KJV) 13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land [that is] not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; ...
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What is meant by “The iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full” in Genesis 15:16?

What is meant by the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full? Genesis 15:14-16 (KJV) 13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land [that is] not ...
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What is the meaning of Abraham's name?

Genesis 17:5 (NIV) states: No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. The edition of the Bible that I'm reading has a footnote ...
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What is the significance of the insertion of the 5th letter of the Hebrew alphabet into the names of Abraham and Sarah?

In Genesis 17 (verses 5 and 15) God gives Abram and Sarai new names. v. 5: No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude ...
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How Could Abraham receive Canaan as “an everlasting possession”, as promised in Genesis 17:8?

"The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God" (Genesis 17:8, NIV) In the ...
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Genesis 22: Jehovah Jireh

Title spelled for recognizability. Forgive me. In Gen 22:14, Abraham names the place where the LORD provided a sacrifice in place of Isaac, calling it: יְהוָ֣ה ׀ יִרְאֶ֑ה אֲשֶׁר֙ יֵאָמֵ֣ר הַיּ֔וֹם ...
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Does Genesis 18 show God visited Abraham personally (Theophany), manfiested as a man?

Genesis 18 English Standard Version (ESV) 1 And the Lord appeared to him by the oaks[a] of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. 2 He lifted up his eyes and looked, and ...
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Why didn't Sarah refuse to go to Abimelech?

Why did Sarah go with Abimelech? Why didn't she refuse? Weren't women allowed to refuse being raped by kings, or what? Or did Sarah go to the king willingly when she was called? I'm struggling to ...
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Who was Abram's mother?

NOTE: I'm posting this question here, rather than on History.SE since many (most?) historians deny the existence of an historical Abram and certainly don't think the Abram narrative in Scripture is ...
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How old was Isaac when he was offered up by Abraham?

The story of Abraham binding Isaac is told in Gen 22: 1-18. Excerpting from v. 2: [God] said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love....and offer him ... as a burnt offering..." (ESV) ...
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What did Sarah mean by calling Abraham her “lord”?

In Genesis 18:12 Sarah says, After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure? The word "lord" is Strong's Hebrew 113, אָדוֹן. 1 Peter 3:6 suggests that her calling her husband "...
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Did Abraham lose track of a visitor?

In Gen 18:1-2 the Lord appeared to Abraham, who then looked up and saw 3 visitors. When they began to leave, visitors turned and walked toward Sodom while the Lord remained to talk with Abraham. ...
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In Genesis 20:13, why is elohim with a plural verb translated God rather than gods?

Genesis 20:13 (ESV) And when God caused me to wander… (WLC): ויהי כאשר התעו אתי אלהימ Another question asked about the translation of אלהימ (‘elohim) using the singular God. The answers ...
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What does John 8:57 mean by “ Jesus wasn't yet 50 years old but he already saw Abraham”? [closed]

So the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?"…
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Abraham as heir of the world?

In Romans 4:13, Paul states that Abraham "received the promise that he would be heir of the world." But I can't find a direct promise to Abraham of such a thing. He is promised a great deal of ...
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Abraham's faith accounted to him for righteousness

In Gen. 15:6 it says "he (Abram) believed in the Lord, and He counted it to him for righteousness." My question is, how was this passage understood historically (in the OT/Hebrew Bible)? There are ...
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Abraham’s 3 visitors’ Knowledge [duplicate]

Gn 18:1-33 Gn 18:1-15 Twice in a few verses Sarah hears “about this time next year” she’ll have a son. She first overhears the talking visitor tell Abraham that, and she laughs to herself at the ...
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Who is Iscah in Genesis?

Gen. 11:29 states: And Abram and Nahor took themselves wives; the name of Abram's was Sarai, and the name of Nahor's wife was Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah and the father of ...
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Genesis 23 — Why does the Bible change the spelling of Ephron's name?

In Genesis 23, we learn that Sarah has died and Abraham is looking to acquire a grave for her. He approaches the children of Heth and meets Ephron the Hittite who, initially, offers his land (which ...
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Did Abraham leave Haran before or after his father died?

Genesis 11:31-12-1 appears to indicate that Abram left Haran after his father Terah had died. (The author of the New Testament book of Acts certainly saw it that way.) Terah took his son Abram and ...
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How does Pharaoh know to summon Abram?

In the first story about Abram after his calling, he goes down to Egypt because of a famine and Pharaoh takes Abram's wife Sarai into his household. As a result God inflicts Pharaoh with plagues. ...
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Why does the Bible say that Abraham sacrificed his “only-begotten son”?

Why does the Bible say that Abraham sacrificed his "only-begotten son" (Heb. 11:17, Gen. 22:2) despite the fact that Isaac had a step-brother Ishmael who was 14 years older than Isaac and was in fact ...
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At what point did Abraham know he was talking to God in Genesis 18?

At the start of the story in Genesis 18, Abraham does not seem to know who the three men are: Looking up, he saw three men standing near him. As soon as he saw them, he ran from the entrance of the ...
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Is there an implied connection between Abraham's circumcision and his fertility?

God establishes a covenant between Himself and Abram while simultaneously instituting the practice of circumcision in Genesis 17:3-14 (NJPS): Abram threw himself on his face; and God spoke to him ...