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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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Genesis 22:19 - where is Isaac?

Yoreh's analysis that you cite is compelling, but does contain contradictions of its own. For example his 'pottery' analogy to the biblical text does emphasise the reverence that the ancients had for ...
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Why did God wait to give the law later?

Jacob needed to marry within his mother's clan (Gen. 28:2). He had contracted to marry Rachel. This promise was a formal betrothal, (29:18-19) probably legally binding, as it was in later times. But ...
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Why did God wait to give the law later?

The patriarchs were dealt with by God under faith, not legal works or legal commandments. Abraham was justified by faith, without the deeds of the law. Nor was any law required to be given to the ...
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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 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 24, camel reference

The gamal refers to both two-humped camels and dromedaries. If you are referring to the same archaeology studies I have looked at, some things need to be born in mind when applying it to the Biblical ...
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Why does Isaac call Rebekah his sister?

The full verse is וישאלו אנשי המקום לאשתו ויאמר אחתי הוא כי ירא לאמר אשתי פן יהרגני אנשי המקום על רבקה כי טובת מראה היא And they asked, men of the place, for his wife, and he said "my sister ...
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Testing Abraham at Isaac's binding

Yes, actually there is. The original meaning in the Hebrew was one of glory, not of leading astray. We think of testing or tempting someone as being an attempt to trick or cause to stumble. But, ...
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Why does the Bible say that Abraham sacrificed his "only-begotten son"?

At the time of Abraham's calling to sacrifice his only son Gen. 22:2, Isaac was his only son. In the previous chapter at Gen. 21:9-12, Ishmael had already been cast out; Hagar was raising him. It is ...
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Is there a chronological issue in Genesis 25,26 and 27?

There is a lot of material out of chronological sequence in much of Genesis, put particularly the last half. Note the following: Isaac born to Abraham when he was 100 yeas old. Gen 21:1-5 Abraham ...
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Isaac and Jesus described with monogenēs

A reference from John to Genesis based on the Tanakh? It is curious to consider whether there may be an intended link here. In the LXX the term 'μονογενὴς' only appears in a handful of Psalms, and ...
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What is a blessing?

The Hebrew word translated "bless" is simply בָרַךְ (barak) and in almost all cases is just a series of well-wishes for a person. Indeed, the LXX translates this word as εὐλογέω (eulogeo) ...
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The high places of Isaac, Amos 7:9

The Masoretic manuscript has "Isaac" יִשְׂחָ֔ק but Isaac comes from laughter, with the difference just in the yod (ignoring vowel markings, which did not exist when the LXX was translated). ...
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Why did Abraham bind his son Isaac?

It is quite arguable that the reason Abraham bound Isaac was to simply ensure that Isaac wouldn't try to escape under the stress of impending death. Pain motivates the individual to withdraw from ...
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Does μετανοίας(repentance) refer to Esau or Isaac in Hebrews 12:17?

'Place' in Hebrews 12:17 is τοπος, topos, as in Acts 1:25. ... apostleship from which, transgressing, Judas fell to go to his own place. [Interlinear Literal from the Englishman's Greek New ...
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How are we to understand “your mothers sons”

There are a few possible understandings, as "brothers" meant "close male kin" in ancient Hebrew, in addition to "male siblings" (they didn't have a word for cousin, for example, as even in modern ...
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Why was it so important to Abraham that Isaac not go back to Abraham's homeland?

We know that Abraham came from north Mesopotamia - Paddan Aram - and settled in Canaan. The journey from Hebron to Nahor in the district of Haran is about 550 miles. It may be true that Isaac going ...
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Isaac and Jesus described with monogenēs

There are more in the NT that are described with the word monogenes. Monogenes is a word of the Greek New Testament that occurs 9 times, whose meaning is contentious because of the Arian vs ...
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Isaac's Blessing

Isaac loved his elder son's venison. The venison of the macho, hairy hunter. But what of the plain man dwelling in tents ? And why did Rebekah enquire of the Lord regarding the striving within her as ...
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Isaac's Blessing

Isaac was 60 years of age when he fathered Jacob and Esau, the twins, born of Rebekah. Isaac was 180 years of age when he died. Those facts can be gleaned from Genesis 25:26 and 35:28-29. It's worth ...
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Why doesn’t the Septuagint include the characterization of Isaac as Abraham’s “only son”?

You are absolutely right to say that the translator of the the Pentateuch was rather conservative in his translation, often when it differs it can be found to be following a text similar to the ...
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How is Abraham offering Isaac a parable?

Both in 9:9 and 11:19, the author is speaking of something that was offered in place of some other thing at the time of the offering - a sort of substitute. I think this is a little different than ...
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Why does Isaac call Rebekah his sister?

Rebecca was actually related to Isaac; she was the daughter of his cousin (through his fathers' side) Bethuel. It could be considered another instance of the Bible using 'brother' or 'sister' lato ...
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