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Isaac
(725 words)

(from Hebrew Yiṣḥāq, ‘he will laugh’).

[German version]

[1] Son of Abraham and Sarah

Son of  Abraham [1] and Sarah, half-brother of  Ishmael (Gn 17ff.), father of Esau and  Jacob and the second o the patriarchs of Israel. The main event in I.'s life is the command issued by God to his father to sacrifice him. This sacrificial binding (Hebrew aqedah), by which God put Abraham's fidelity to the test, has been dealt with in detail i…

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Domhardt, Yvonne (Zürich) and Brock, Sebastian P. (Oxford), “Isaac”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 12 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e527360>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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