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Abraham holds a unique place within the history of Christianity, deriving his central status and authority from the contexts in which he is found. He appears in the biblical sources and their dependent traditions from the book of Genesis, through the New Testament, and into the continuous theological tradition of the church. Because Matthew’s Gospel depicts him as the ancestor of Christ, and Christ himself refers to Abraham on several occasions, his meaning and sig…

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Charles-Murray, Mary, “Abraham”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 09 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2020

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