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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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“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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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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What attracted Abimelech to an old woman in her 80s or 90s?

The very nature of this site prevents me from providing a link to pictures of very beautiful women in their 80s, that, even today when women live much shorter lives than the ancients, are still very ...
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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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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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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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“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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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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What attracted Abimelech to an old woman in her 80s or 90s?

Note: the following explanation is not necessarily what I believe personally. However I think it is important to include it as a possible answer since it is based on an important school of biblical ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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How to understand Genesis 17:27 NASB?

Exodus 12:44 elaborates the phrase in question as, עֶבֶד אִישׁ מִקְנַת־כָּסֶף (eved ish miknat-kesef), “a slave, a man purchase of money.” Abraham was to circumcise both his own offspring (e.g., ...
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What is the significance of the "horror of great darkness" in Gen 15.12?

Is this similar to the plague of darkness in Ex 10.21? Or Genesis 32.24, where Jacob wrestles with the Angel? I doubt it. Let's see how far we get... It'll help if one understands what "deep ...
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What is the significance of the "horror of great darkness" in Gen 15.12?

If the word “horror” is taken as a key word, that will dispense with mere darkness. Yes, there are lots of mentions of darkness in the Bible, supernatural ones too, but how often is that associated ...
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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

One of the main points being made by Paul here is that the Law is a covenant between God and Israel and was mediated by a man (Moses) whereas the promise to Abraham was made by God and mediated by God ...
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In Genesis 20:13, why is elohim with a plural verb translated God rather than gods?

I think we have to put a new (but, really, very old) spin on this verse understanding. J. Chang asked: "1. Is 'gods' instead of 'God' a possible translation? 2. Is there anything in the text that ...
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