abraham and isaac
The first two patriarchs of the Old Testament. According to the Book of Genesis, God made a covenant with Abraham, telling him to leave his own country and promising to give his family (the Hebrews) the land of Canaan. This was the Promised Land. God also promised to maintain the covenant with Abraham’s son Isaac. After a time, God tested Abraham by telling him to sacrifice Isaac as a burnt offering. Abraham obediently placed Isaac on an altar and took a knife to kill him. Then an angel of the Lord appeared and told Abraham to spare his son, because Abraham had proved his faith.
Note: Both Jews and Arabs (see Arab-Israeli conflict) claim descent from Abraham: Jews through Isaac, Arabs through Abraham’s other son, Ishmael. Abraham’s devotion to God makes him a model of faith to Jews and Christians alike.
Note: “The bosom of Abraham” is a term used in the Gospel of Luke, and in poetry often refers to the peace of heaven.
- Abraham’s bosom
heaven, considered as the reward of the righteous. Luke 16:22. (Luke 16:22,23) refers to the custom of reclining on couches at table, which was prevalent among the Jews, an arrangement which brought the head of one person almost into the bosom of the one who sat or reclined above him. To “be in Abraham’s bosom” […]
- Abraham cowley
Abraham, 1618–67, English poet. Malcolm, 1898–1989, U.S. writer, critic, and editor. Historical Examples abraham cowley was born in the year one thousand sir hundred and eighteen. Lives of the English Poets: Waller, Milton, Cowley Samuel Johnson I have before me the works of Mr. abraham cowley, in two vols. The Divining Rod Charles Latimer It […]
an earlier name of Abraham. Gen. 17:5. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “exalted father.”. Historical Examples And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land. The Bible for Young People Anonymous And you keep your […]
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