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IN BRIEF

PASSAGE

Genesis 16:1–22:19

THEME

Sacrifice

SETTING

Early 2nd millennium BCE Beersheba and the region of Moriah, a three-day donkey ride from Beersheba.

KEY FIGURES

Abraham Son of Terah, “an ordinary man,” who becomes father of Ishmael and Isaac.

Sarah Abraham’s wife, mother of Isaac.

Hagar Sarah’s maidservant and mother of Abraham’s first-born son Ishmael.

Isaac Son of Abraham and Sarah.

The demand God makes of Abraham—to sacrifice his own son—is one of the most extreme tests of faith in the Bible. The fact that Abraham’s son Isaac is the long-awaited child of promise makes the sacrifice even harder to fulfill.

At the start of Abraham’s ...

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