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Wednesday, 27 July 2011


Around 1900 BC Abraham (d c1850) a rich farmer from Ur migrated to Haran, North Mesopotamia with his Father, Terah, his wife Sarah and his nephew Lot. Proceeding to Canaan he received God’s promise of the land to his descendants. From his son Isaac he became the father of the Jewish nation together with Judaism and Christianity. Also through another son Ishmael he became the father of the Arab people together with Islam.

Still childless at the age of 76, Abraham subsequently fathered Ishmael with his wife's maidservant Hagar, and then, at the age of 100, Isaac with Sarah.

Genesis chapter 17 describes the circumcision of Abraham and his relatives and slaves, making him the first named individual to undergo the procedure.

Sacrifice of Isaac is a painting by Rembrandt, that shows Abraham, among others

Legend has it that Abraham's aged wife Sarah bathed in the Dead Sea before conceiving Isaac.

Abraham had six more sons after Sarah died.

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