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Son of Abraham & Sarah, husband of Rebekah, and father of Jacob & Esau

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Who inherited Isaac's Wealth?

The Bible says in Genesis 25:5 "Abraham gave everything he owned to his son Isaac" (NLT). That's straight forward. However, it is not clear who inherited Isaac's wealth. The Bible states ...
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Why did God use attributes for Isaac?

We read in Gen 22:2 how Abraham is tested : Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I ...
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Why did Abraham and Isaac instruct their children to marry only from their clan?

Abraham was from a pagan family, separated by his call to God. His families I supposed weren't different from the Canaanites in pagan worship. In some instances, the Canaanites proved more morally ...
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Why did God wait to give the law later?

In Genesis 29 NJKV we see Jacob working to get Rachel as a wife: 18 Now Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, “I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.” Jacob ends up being deceived ...
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Why does the Bible not speak of the death of Rebecca?

In the bible we can read the death of many important people. Why is Rebecca’s death not mentioned? What can be the actual reason?
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Genesis 21:25 and Genesis 26:18 are talking about the same water well?

In Genesis 21:25 we see Abraham "buying" a water well in the land of Beersheba in a contract with the king Abimelech. In Genesis 26:18 we read that Isaac dug some old water wells (which had ...
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What does it really mean to be a child of promise (Gal 4:28)?

Paul in Gal 4:28 refers to his Christian brethren in this way: Now we, brethren, as Isaac was are the children of promise. What does it really mean to be a child of promise?
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Isaac's Blessing

In Genesis 27, Isaac states he wants to give the blessing before he dies.... Rebekah repeats that in urging Jacob to go on with the ruse.... What puzzles me is Rebekah's lack of empathy for her ...
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Did Abraham separate with Sarah after sending away Ishmael?

The last time Sarah is with Abraham is when she sent away Ishmael.It is said this grieved Abraham so much Genesis 21:10-11 ESV So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son, for the ...
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Genesis 22:19 - where is Isaac?

Genesis 22 describes the famous binding of Isaac narrative. During the beginning of the event, Abraham and Isaac’s ascent to the mountain is described: “Early in the morning Abraham got up and ...
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What is Galatians 4:29 referring to?

Galatians 4:28-30 NASB And you brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise. But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him [who was born] according to the Spirit, so it is ...
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The high places of Isaac, Amos 7:9

Elliot mentions the LXX here: https://biblehub.com/commentaries/amos/7-9.htm. "The LXX. misunderstand the word, and render “altars of laughter,” in accordance with the etymological sense of the ...
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Why did God tell Isaac not to go to Egypt in Genesis 26?

During a severe famine Isaac decides to migrate to Egypt God discourages him about that KJV Genesis 26 : 1 - 2 And there was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of ...
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Why didn't Abraham tell Isaac the truth in Genesis 22?

God instructs Abraham to offer Isaac as a sacrifice KJV Genesis 22 : 2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there ...
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Did the angel instruct Abraham to look behind in Genesis 22:11-14?

We are told that the angel of God called from heaven instructing Abraham not to kill his son Isaac KJV Genesis 22 : 11-11 And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, ...
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Is there a symbolic meaning to 'possessing the gates of your enemies' in the Hebrew language?

Genesis 24:60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, “Our sister, may you increase to thousands upon thousands; may your offspring possess the cities of their enemies.” Genesis 22:17 I will surely ...
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Meaning of tzachak/Yitzchak in Genesis 21:3,6

וַיִּקְרָ֨א אַבְרָהָ֜ם אֶֽת־שֶׁם־בְּנ֧וֹ הַנּֽוֹלַד־ל֛וֹ אֲשֶׁר־יָלְדָה־לּ֥וֹ שָׂרָ֖ה יִצְחָֽק" 3 ‏וַתֹּ֣אמֶר שָׂרָ֔ה צְחֹ֕ק עָ֥שָׂה לִ֖י אֱלֹהִ֑ים כָּל־הַשֹּׁמֵ֖עַ יִֽצְחַק־לִֽי" 6 "...
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What is a blessing?

In Genesis 47 (KJV) we read 7 And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. And a while after 10 And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before ...
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Isaac blessing Jacob twice

In Genesis 27:23 (NASB) And he did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands; so he blessed him. In Genesis 27:25 (NASB) So he said, “Bring it to me, and I will ...
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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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Is the blessing of the father included in the birthright?

In Genesis 25:29-34 we read that Esau sold his birthright to Jacob. Later, in Genesis 27, we see that Jacob has to plot with Rebekah in order to get that blessing. So, it appears as if Jacob was aware ...
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Isaac and Jesus described with monogenēs

In Hebrews 11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, The "his only begotten son" reminds me of ...
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Was Isaac aware that Jacob was fleeing Esau?

It seems only the mother was aware of the threat that Esau had issued Genesis 27:42 NIV 42 When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, “...
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What and/or where is the smooth part of the neck?

“And the skins of the young goats she put on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck.” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭27:16‬ ‭ Where is this smooth or sometimes translated slippery חלקת part of the neck? Some ...
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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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Is there a chronological issue in Genesis 25,26 and 27?

In Genesis 25 we meet Isaac who marries Rebecca. Rebecca conceives and gives birth to twins Esau and Jacob. Isaac is above sixty years of age when the chapter closes. Genesis 25 NASB 20 and Isaac was ...
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In Genesis 21:12, what does "through Isaac your offspring will be reckoned?" mean?

In Genesis 21:12, God tells Abraham: Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned. Abraham seems to think of Ishmael as a potential heir of ...
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How are we to understand “your mothers sons”

How are we to understand Genesis 27:29 in Isaacs blessing to his son Jacob? Didn't Isaac only have two sons, Jacob and Esau? In Jewish tradition, were there other children between Isaac and Rebekah? ...
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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 did Rebekah know that Esau was planning to kill his brother in Genesis 27:42?

Even after learning of his brother's deceit Esau cries out to his father for blessings as well never mentioning any reprisals. We are only told that he planned murder in his heart and there is no ...
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Does μετανοίας(repentance) refer to Esau or Isaac in Hebrews 12:17?

Westcott and Hort / [NA27 variants] ἴστε γὰρ ὅτι καὶ μετέπειτα θέλων κληρονομῆσαι τὴν εὐλογίαν ἀπεδοκιμάσθη, μετανοίας γὰρ τόπον οὐχ εὗρεν, καίπερ μετὰ δακρύων ἐκζητήσας αὐτήν. Hebrews 12:17 (KJV) ...
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Why does Isaac call Rebekah his sister?

Genesis 26:7 (KJV) And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said, She is my sister: for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah;...
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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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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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In Genesis 24, camel reference

In Genesis 24, a servant of Abraham is sent with ten camels to find a wife for his son Isaac, yet archaeologically camels are said not to have existed in Egypt. What is the original Hebrew word ...
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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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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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Why doesn’t the Septuagint include the characterization of Isaac as Abraham’s “only son”?

I have been working through bits of Genesis in Hebrew/Greek parallel, and overall it seems like there are few deviations from the Hebrew in the LXX (as opposed to, say, Proverbs), presumably due to a ...
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Why delay a blessing by asking for food?

In Genesis 27, we read of Isaac’s deception by Jacob and Rebecca, tricking him into bestowing his blessing on Jacob rather than his brother. The whole thing transpires because there is a delay between ...
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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 is the Fear/fear of Isaac?

The ESV renders Genesis 31:42 like so (emphasis mine): If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been on my side, surely now you would have sent me away empty-...
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Isaac's Blessing of His Sons

Let's first mention several verses of the Book of Genesis: Isaac loved Esau, because he was fond of game; but Rebekah loved Jacob. (Gen. 25:28) When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith ...
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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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