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In Genesis 22:5 why did Abraham say "We shall return" before sacrificing Isaac?

Abraham told his servants that He and Isaac would return because He knew that God could raise Isaac from the dead. Heb. 11:17-19, "17 By faith Abraham hath offered up Isaac, being tried, and the ...
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In Genesis 22:5 why did Abraham say "We shall return" before sacrificing Isaac?

The answer is simple: Abraham was hiding his true intentions from Isaac - were he to know what he was trying to do with him he would surely protest. This is evident from verses 7-9: The fire and ...
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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?

A Blasphemy Which Requires Stoning There are three points in the Fourth Gospel at which the Jews respond to something Jesus said by wanting to kill Him. The first is in Chapter 5; the second in ...
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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?

There are two matters here: Marrying siblings was not always a problem but became a problem (as we now know) because of biological problems. Adam and Eve's children must have (almost) all married ...
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Why was Abram called the Hebrew in his time?

Abraham is a descendant of Eber (whence we get the term Hebrew) who was a descendant of Shem (whence we get the term Semite) (Genesis 10:21). "Hebrew" therefore simply means 'Eberite,' much ...
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Did Abraham meet Jacob as alluded in Hebrews 11:9?

It could be contested that Heb 11:9 actually reads "as did Isaac and Jacob", as per the NIV, but that's not your question! In summary: Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born (Genesis 21:5) ...
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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?

The claim of Divinity The people sought to stone Jesus for blasphemy - the statement that put them over the edge, and would serve as their justification for trying to stone him again later (see John ...
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Abraham as heir of the world?

What Promise is this? There is none in these words. So write Sanday and Headlam (A critical and exegetical commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, 5th edn (ICC; T & T Clark, 1902), p. 111). They ...
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Relationship between Abrahamic and Canaanite religion?

I think that the premise of this question is mistaken. El Elyon simply means the Most High God in Hebrew, i.e. the creator of everything. El is a word that means god in Hebrew. The Canaanites spoke a ...
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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?

Technically, Sarah was Abraham’s HALF-sister, according to Genesis 20:12: Besides, she is indeed my sister, the daughter of my father though not the daughter of my mother, and she became my wife. ...
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According to Hebrews 6:13-16 God swears by Himself an oath to Abraham, but at Genesis 22:15-16 why does it say the angel of the Lord swore the oath?

Malachi makes clear that there is a malak (messenger/angel) that is 'the Lord himself'. Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall ...
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Did Abraham lose track of a visitor?

The "two" in some translations is an interpretative addition. It does not exist in the Hebrew of Gen 18:22, which is simply הָֽאֲנָשִׁ֔ים ("the men"). The word "two" is added in those translations for ...
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What is the meaning of Abraham's name?

According to a variety of commentaries the name Abram means "high father" while Abraham means "Father of a multitude". The reason it is only "probably" in your commentary is because the usage of the ...
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The point of Genesis 23?

I can see, at the moment, a couple of reasons why the passage is important: In Genesis 14 Chedorlaomer attacked the kings of the plain and took away Lot together with all the people and possessions ...
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Why was Abram called the Hebrew in his time?

Ivri עברי is a descendant [of] "Ever" עבר the Noachide. - Each עברי Ivri speaks the holy language of עֵבֶר Ever using knowledge from the עָבָר Past which maintains the monotheistic belief in ...
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Does Genesis 18 show God visited Abraham personally (Theophany), manfiested as a man?

Gen 18:1 would indicate that this is a theophany. Genesis 18:1 Then the LORD (יהוה)appeared to him by the terebinth trees of Mamre, as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day. ...
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How old was Isaac when he was offered up by Abraham?

Gen 22: 5 calls Isaac, "na'ar" in Hebrew, (English transl. for 'lad') "From na'ar; (concretely) a boy (as active), from the age of infancy to adolescence; by implication, a servant; also (by interch. ...
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What did Sarah mean by calling Abraham her "lord"?

My Hebrew is basic, but I do read Greek. Sarah refers to Abraham as her kurios in Genesis 18:12 in the Septuagint (the Greek Old Testament.) Yet she does not address him directly with that word in ...
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What is meant by "The iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full" in Genesis 15:16?

This site explains it with more biblical context for support. Namely: Abram/Abraham was currently allies with an Amorite Gen 14:14. "not yet full" Amorites increased in Idolatry = "iniquity" ...
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Why did Abraham bind his son Isaac?

Was this a standard way to prepare a sacrifice? No. The verb used to describe the binding of Isaac is ʿqd, a term used only here in the Hebrew Bible. There are other terms that could be used to ...
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Why are there 5 mentions of "I will" in Genesis?

Actually, when I looked at verses 4-8 in the literal translation (Young's Literal) I found ten things : 1) I -- lo, My covenant `is' with thee, and 2) thou hast become father of a multitude of ...
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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?

The statement "πριν αβρααμ γενεσθαι εγω ειμι" = "I am before Abraham came to be" here is a claim of pre-existence, not of identity with YHWH. According to John, Jesus consistently ...
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What is the meaning of "Abraham's Bosom" (Luke 16:19ff)?

Matthew 13:10-17 is very instructive on this point. Jesus used his parables as a sword to cut through the crowds; on one hand fell (and continue to fall) the majority who fail to understand the ...
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I've been assigned to do an exegesis on Gal. 3:15-20 this coming Sunday morning and I would appreciated any help with this passage

Rule Number 1 is to establish the context, and Rule Number 2 is to stick to the passage being expounded (as opposed to skipping all over the Bible with related texts.) The goal of your exposition is ...
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Why does the Bible say that Abraham sacrificed his "only-begotten son"?

In Gershon Hepner's “The Affliction and Divorce of Hagar Involves Violations of the Covenant and Deuteronomic Codes”1 he claims that the key to Sarah’s demand ostensibly lies in a clause in Lipit-...
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At what point did Abraham know he was talking to God in Genesis 18?

No one has commented on the section of Scripture between Gen 18:2-5 and Gen 18:23-25. There is a whole dialog where the "visitor" specifically asks after Sarah, (verse 9...how did He know her name?) ...
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In Genesis 22:5 why did Abraham say "We shall return" before sacrificing Isaac?

While I like various points from a number of highly upvoted answers here, I do not feel any one of them captures the whole picture, so I'll offer a compilation of what I see as the primary points to ...
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In Genesis 13 and 18 was the grievous sin in Sodom and Gomorrah homosexuality?

While this was surely one of the great sins Sodom and Gomorrah committed, they were also condemned for behaving unethically towards their neighbors, Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She ...
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