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Father Abraham Essay

981 words - 4 pages

REL 124 – Intro to the Old Testament
Essay 1
Gadzalski, Richard J.
September 12, 2010
Explain why Abraham is often considered "Father Abraham".

Abraham or the Father of Abraham can be trace back to the three cycles of to the Ancestral Story which is organized into major segments collections. Each of these segment collections is called a cycle. The reason for this is that each of these cycles contains a story that revolves around a major ancestral figure representing Abraham, Jacob, or Joseph. The three cycles separate themselves by brief genealogical references of the two ancestral children who branch off from the trajectory of Israel, which were Ishmael and Esau.
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And I will make your into a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless, you, and him who curse you I will curse: and through you all families of the earth shall bless themselves/be blessed.”
Abraham was promised the following three things, a homeland, offspring, and, less tangible of the two, and that would be a blessing.
Abraham endured many test of God as being the chosen one at the time. Abraham was God’s first test or trail tribulation in regards to being truly royal or being the one to be his disciple of passing the word of his to the people. After all the hardship and trails of Abraham’s effort, God was testing Abraham’s faith. Abraham grew extremely close to God through a ritual reaction that was taken place.
This in summary in accordance with the Priestly writer viewed Abraham as the fulfiller of the promise at Creation.
Abraham obeyed God in the fact that he did not run from God in any of these incidences and he was willing to sacrifice Isaac. He obeyed and demonstrated his deep and secure faith in the promises of God. Abraham was very mature in his faith in God and displays an unending and devoted maturing of faith.
In end Sarah dies and Abraham buried Sarah near a cave called Machpelah, which was a property near Hebron. Hebron was a property owned by a Hittie named Ephron.
“Father of a multitude of nations” is Priestly equivalent to the Yahwistic promise of becoming a great nation, which YHWH pledged to Abraham in 12:2.
Overall, Abraham acted in a way that he did was that he was concerned that there was no “fear of God” in Gear. God came to Abimelech and directly warned him and saved him from...

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