Outline the Life of AbrahamEdit
- Before his name was Abraham he was called Abram.
- He married his half sister Sarai (Sarah).
- They both emerged with their tribe out of ancient Mesopotamia.
- Famine led him to the lands of the Nile.
- He later journeyed north to Canaan.
- Abraham took his young son Isaac in response to God's call and prepared to sacrifice him.
- A messenger of God, called to Abraham not to murder his son, and instead substituted a ram in his place.
Describe the Covenant with the Patriarchs, including the promises of a People and a LandEdit
- The word Covenant in general is a agreement between two parties. Each of the parties has both rights and responsibilities.
- In the Torah, the covenant is an agreement between God and his people.
- It was with Abraham that the first covenant with the unseen God was made.
- The covenant was first mentioned as a promised between God and Noah and was later confirmed through an eternal promise from God to Abraham. This promise was to make him the ancestors of a multitude of nations.
- The key stipulation to the covenant was that every Jewish man must be circumcised and to present day remains as a ritual.
- Abraham was given the covenant as he showed great faith as he demonstrated willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac.
- From this willingness, it was a model of how Jews were expected to treat God, the steadfast love they should hold for their God
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