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Department
Religion
Course
RLG101H5
Professor
David Miller
Semester
Fall

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READING 1ABRAHAM in the Hebrew Bible is a composite figure yet the story of the sacrifice of his son is a theme that is central to later Jewish Christian and Islamic traditions Provide a detailed discussion of this statement The rabbinic aggadah on Abraham is well represented in the Mirdash Abraham was the first man to acknowledge the existence of God while in Chaldea with the idolatries He migrated with his father to Haran where he received a prophetic experience call from God YHWH who told him to go back to his fathers house and he will make of him a great nation He was the first monotheist prophet and was considered the father of many since God said to him I will make of you a great nation leading them to the promised land of Israel He had a son his Hagar Ishmael and a son Isaac with Sara after God made a Covenant with him The sign of the covenant was circumcision and the blessings of the covenant are extended to Isaac and all of his offspring This includes all Jews Christians through Isaac God says He will bless Ishmael and make him a great nation as well Therefore Muslims are blessed as well Abrahams call to go to an unknown place was the beginning of his trials of faith which climaxed at Mount Moriah where he offers his son Isaac to GodIn Judaism he is of great importance because he was the forefather of the Jews through the line of his legitimate son Isaac He is a symbol of absolute faith due to his sacrifice of his son for God until God told him to stop This is because God saw Abrahams blind obedience and fear In all traditions he was considered the patriarch of their religions In Christianity Abraham is the father of faith who believed in God even though there was no evidence of him existing He was the patriarch though Isaac The letter of the Hebrews uses Abraham as an example of faith recounting his testing through the sacrifice of Isaac In Islam Muslims trace their lineage to Abraham through Ishmael To them Abraham is the first prophet since he is the first to convert to the true God and speak against idolatry Also Abraham and Ishmael are seen as founders of the Kabah in Mecca Also see him as the first Muslim since he practices Islam submission to absolute obedience to God His obedience was proven when he was tested by the command to sacrifice his sonREADING 2Provide a detailed discussion of the historicity of MOSES and how he is known in RABBINIC JEWISH tradition The rabbinic aggadah on Abraham is well represented in the Mirdash Abraham was the first man to acknowledge the existence of God while in Chaldea with the idolatries He migrated with his father to Haran where he received a prophetic experience call from God YHWH who told him to go back to his fathers house and he will make of him a great nation He was the first monotheist prophet and was considered the father of many since God said to
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