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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why delay a blessing by asking for food?

"So that..." Isaac is putting a condition of receiving a meal before he will give the blessing. What isn't so clear from the text is his reasons why. However, there does appear to be some ceremony ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why delay a blessing by asking for food?

I would like to suggest the following answer to your question. It comes from all the information in the Bible on this incident, not just those parts pointed out to us about Jacob and Rebekkah's ...
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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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In Genesis 22:5 why did Abraham say "We shall return" before sacrificing Isaac?

Isaac is a Promised blessing. Jesus is the Promised blessing. Promised blessing / Messiah is the Son of God. Isaac, Jesus , David, Abraham etc is the Birthright Blessing which is the Spirit of ...
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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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Why does Isaac call Rebekah his sister?

This story is mirrored in the story of Abram and his wife Sarai. Both couples moved into a foreign land because of famine. Each man chose to lie about his attractive wife, passing her off as a sister, ...
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What and/or where is the smooth part of the neck?

Jacob was a smooth man, a plain man dwelling in tents. Esau was a hairy man, a hunter, a man of the field. And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain ...
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Did God give an oath to Isaac as alluded in Psalms 105:8-10?

The oath that God Swore to Abraham (Gen 12:7, 15:18, 24:7) was repeated regularly in subsequent generations. The contents of this oath and covenant are tabulated in the appendix below. It ...
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Isaac blessing Jacob twice

The actual blessing pronounced by Isaac is recorded in Gen 27:27-29. It is referenced as a single past event in V33, 25, 36, 37. The solution here is as per some of the standard commentaries: The ...
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Meaning of tzachak/Yitzchak in Genesis 21:3,6

Let me suggest why Sarah laughed - she was flabbergasted and had trouble believing such a miracle could occur. That is, Sarah felt a mixture of emotions that ranged from outright disbelief, confusion,...
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