Father Abraham

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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. God actually held out a promise of a home land and a large family for Abraham. Abraham was also called or named Abram. He migrated from southern Mesopotamia to Palestine. His wife, Sarah, because of a famine, moved to Egypt. Abraham and family finally separated due to competing claims of Canaan. God made a promise, or covenant to Abraham that he would fulfill his promise of a few things. First off, his children, which Abraham and his wife Sarah did not have nay offspring. Years would pass that Abraham and his wife could not conceive, so be that Sarah had her husband lay with her servant Hagar. Ishmael was the birth of that conception. God at that time reaffirmed the promise of children to Abraham and Sarah by his implementation of circumcision and gave new names to Abram and Sarah. The divine charge of Abram, God promises many things to him to get him motivated. Abraham has given up multiple things to follow God’s lead and awaits his promises. Years and decades go by with no resolution for Abraham. Abraham has no land, no children, and no visual hopes of seeing the covenant or future for himself or family. God, or in other word YHWH said to Abram, “Now YHWH said to Abram, “Go…...

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