Questions tagged [abraham]

The first patriarch -- see Genesis 12-25.

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Is there a symbolic meaning to 'possessing the gates of your enemies' in the Hebrew language?

Genesis 24:60 - here the family members of Rebecca bless her with this saying. Genesis 22:17 - here Isaac (or Jesus) is blessed with this saying. Jesus is the 'natural' seed of both Rebecca and Isaac. ...
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When did Abraham go away from Haran?

I am trying to make a list of all persons in the Bible with all dates, but I struggled with one thing. What is Abraham's birthday? There are two versions I found out: Version A (According to Genesis ...
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Was Ruth barren like Sarai?

In Genesis 16:1-3 (NASB) we read that after 10 years Sarai have Hagar to Abram Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had not borne him a child, but she had (B)an Egyptian slave woman whose name was Hagar. 2 So ...
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Why did God bless Abraham's marriage with Sarah if she was his sister and incestuous relationships are categorically prohibited in Scripture?

Abraham married his sister: 11 Abraham said, “I did it because I thought, ‘There is no fear of God at all in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.’ 12 Besides, she is indeed my sister,...
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“Very truly, I tell you, before Abraham was, I am.” - why did the Jews want to throw stones at Jesus for saying this?

John 8:53-59 (NRSV): 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets also died. Who do you claim to be?” 54 Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my ...
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What is the significance of the “horror of great darkness” in Gen 15.12?

Genesis 15.12: "And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him." (KJV) Is this similar to the plague of darkness in Ex 10....
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Oak near Shechem vs Oak of Moreh

In Genesis 35:4 So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods which they had and the rings which were in their ears, and Jacob hid them under the oak which was near Shechem. Is this tree the referenced in ...
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Did God give an oath to Isaac as alluded in Psalms 105:8-10?

PSALMS 105:8-10 niv 8 He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations, 9 the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac. 10 He confirmed it to Jacob ...
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Who was Abraham's servant that went on the quest to find a wife for Isaac?

In Genesis 24:2 Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household who was in charge of all that he owned, “Please place your hand under my thigh, Who was this servant?
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Hiding the truth or statement of your faith? [duplicate]

In Genesis 22:5 Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey, and I and the boy will go over there; and we will worship and return to you.” Was Abraham hiding the truth or is it an ...
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Why do Sarah and Abraham doubt they will have children in Genesis 17 and 18 when their forefathers conceived at older ages?

We are told in Genesis 21:5 that Abraham was 100 when Isaac was born. In Genesis 17:17 Abraham doubts that a child could be born to someone of 100 years old. But we are also told that Adam was 130 ...
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Why was it so important to Abraham that Isaac not go back to Abraham's homeland?

Genesis 24:1-9 (CSB): Abraham was now old, getting on in years, and the Lord had blessed him in everything. 2 Abraham said to his servant, the elder of his household who managed all he owned, “Place ...
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At what age during the time of Abraham, is considered as old age?

We can see in the bible that a lot of generations from Adam live around 500 - 1000 years. Right now, with an average life expectancy of 70, we consider 50-60 years as old age. In Genesis 17:17, ...
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Why was Abraham not punished for looking at Sodom whilst it was burning in Genesis 19:27?

After Lot had been told to vacate Sodom and escape its judgement his wife is said to have looked back at the burning city and was turned into a pillar of salt Genesis 19:23-26 NIV 23 By the time Lot ...
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Genesis 18 speaks of the Lord and two angels or the Lord as three men?

I would prefer an answer from the Hebrew for reasons that will become obvious I hope. Reading through BH I come across the interpretation that Abraham saw the Lord and two angels in Gen18. My ...
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Meaning of God's thought concerning Abraham in Genesis 18:19

Genesis 18:19 For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham ...
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How to understand Genesis 17:27 NASB?

Genesis 17:27 NASB 27 All the men of his household, who were born in the house or bought with money from a foreigner, were circumcised with him. What does the above text mean by bought with money ...
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Did Abraham bless the sons of Keturah?

Genesis 25:1-3 (DRB): 1And Abraham married another wife named Cetura: 2Who bore him Zamram, and Jecsan, and Madan, and Madian, and Jesboc, and Sue. We know that Abraham had three wives: Sarah. ...
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Did Abraham really see God? [duplicate]

It says in Genesis God appeared to Abraham but other places no one has seen God Genesis 12:7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your [a]descendants I will give this land.” And there he ...
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When and what did Abraham saw Jesus in John 8:56? [closed]

John 8:56 New King James Version (NKJV) Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.” When did Abraham saw Jesus' day? In Genesis 22:4 Genesis 22:4 New King James ...
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Why does the angel say “not withheld from me” in Genesis 22?

In all of the Bible versions I have looked at the angel of the Lord says “you have not withheld from me your son” or something like “you have not withheld thy son, thine only son from me”. If God is ...
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Why are there 5 mentions of “I will” in Genesis?

In a covenant God makes promises and in exchange asks the other party (Abram) to fulfill certain commitments. Within the whole bible, God makes a total of 5 covenants God (Noah, Abraham, nation of ...
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What did Abraham give in his tithe?

Genesis 14:16 He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people .... //cut Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything ...
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What was the time gap between the event Abraham justified by Faith in James 2:23 a and later Abraham justified by works in James 2:21?

What was the time gap between the event Abraham justified by Faith in James 2:23 Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness Genesis 15:6 And he believed in the ...
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Is the Angel of the Lord identifying as God? Genesis 21:16-21

In the passage about Hagar in the wilderness of Beer-Sheba, we read that God heard the voice of the crying child Ishmael and then curiously the text speaks of the Angel of the Lord who then identifies ...
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In Genesis 21:10 did Abraham show weakness by allowing Sarah to cast out Hagar and Ishmael?

Sarah tells Abraham to be intimate with Hagar which subsequently leads to the birth of Ishmael,but later Sarah pressures Abraham to cast out Hagar and his son Ishmael and disinherit him Genesis 21:...
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How were the birds arranged in Abraham's sacrifice in Genesis 15:9-10?

Genesis 15:9-10 NKJV 9 So He said to him, “Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10 Then he brought all these to ...
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Parallels between Balaam and the binding of Isaac?

While reading about Abraham's prophetic role, I came across a passing mention that the rabbis identified some key parallels between the Abrahamic and Balaam narratives, particularly connecting the ...
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What does Genesis 20:7 mean that Abraham is a prophet?

Speaking of Abraham in Genesis 20:7, God warns Abimelek: Now return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not return her, you may be sure ...
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Why does God tell Abram to bring THESE animals?

In Genesis 15:7-10, God gives instructions to Abram: He also said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it.” But Abram said, ...
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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 ...