Relate the story of Abraham and Isaac, and analyze its meaning.?

abraham and his wife sarah are childless until they have isaac very late inn their lives, god intervention . god tells abraham that his descendants will be as numerous as the stars in the sky and the grains of sand in the desert. when isaac is half-grown boy however god tells abraham to take Isaac up to the mountain and sacrifice him like a sheep. Abraham leads isaac away heavy-hearted but obedient to god. he ties isaac to the sacrificial stone and is about to stab him the ritual way when gods's voice stops him , saying the request was just a test of abraham piety . god supplies a ram for Abraham to sacrifice instead . some believers and non believers would say its cruel or that god is too demanding on its people .

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  • 7 years ago
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    Abraham and his family practiced local religions at the time which included human sacrifice and hero worship. This was God's first message to His people -- HUMAN SACRIFICE IS UNACCEPTABLE. No one will be worshiped but God alone.

    Binding of Isaac: By Rabbi Samuel Cohon

    The great and terrible story of the binding of Isaac, the Akeidah, in which God tests Abraham by having him almost, but not quite, sacrifice Isaac on a rock. Cryptic and yet oddly repetitive, this passage raises a host of painful moral dilemmas, and challenges us to think intensely about just what our relationship to God truly is.

    According to the text, God tests Abraham, Adonai nisa et Avraham, by commanding him to sacrifice his son, his only son, his beloved son Isaac. This triple identification of Isaac mirrors an earlier command in the Torah portion of Lech Lecha to Abraham to begin his great journey towards God and monotheism: leave, leave your land, your birthplace, your father's home. Now he is being told to kill his son, his only son, his beloved son. There are problems in the text here: Abraham has another son, Ishmael, so Isaac is not truly his only son. Isaac is the son of his older age with his wife Sarah-and Isaac is Sarah's only son. And clearly all God needs to say here is "take your son Isaac" and there will be no doubt who is intended for the sacrificial altar. A messy passage indeed.

    But the biggest problem of all is the simple fact that Abraham, who has previously shown a tendency to argue and even fight injustice, obeys and does so with apparent relish. He doesn't make a peep, doesn't say a single word of objection to God. In fact, he gets up, we are told, early in the morning to fulfill this horrible command of God with energy.

    The narrative itself sets up the drama beautifully, painfully, tragically. Isaac, who doesn't know what is being set up, goes along with his father-the phrase "the two walked on together" is repeated, and Isaac asks, "Where is the lamb for the burnt offering?" Abraham replies, correctly but ironically, "God will provide." It is a weird and deeply troubling scene.

    And then, as Abraham is about to slaughter his son, an angel of God does intervene, and the murder of the innocent, the sacrifice of Isaac, is stopped. Isaac lives, and the future of our people, Abraham's children, is preserved.

    The story in its place and time was undoubtedly a polemical tale designed to teach the prohibition on human sacrifice. Children are not meant to be slaughtered on the altar of their parents' beliefs. God does not want the blood of the human lamb, our Lord does not truly desire the destruction of His own children. In fact, God desires life.

    Other religions have carried this Akeidah story to a different, bloodier, more horrible conclusion, believing that human sacrifice and suffering are the essential elements in religious life. But the story of the binding of Isaac makes it clear that killing our own kids, and the glorification of the loss of a child, will never be acceptable to Jews.

    But Abraham's urgent rush to fulfill God's weird and wrong command to kill his son reminds us that we can embrace morally bad decisions with great fervor. And many, many times in human history we have sent our children off to die for causes that were far from ethical.

    We still engage in such choices, and like Abraham we still fail the test too often. In this coming year of 5770 may we learn from this test of Abraham's, and choose life, and not sacrifice, for our children.


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  • 7 years ago

    Basically we read the story through the lens of the NT.

    The Father sacrifices the son. Isaac carries the wood up the hill to the alter.

    Try any number of sites to finds it’s meaning.

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  • Snark
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    7 years ago

    It means that hearing voices and engaging in child abuse is fine so long as you're super-sure it's coming from God.

    Kind of like when God told Dena Schlosser to cut her baby's arms off.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    The Jews are more qualified to answer that question, since they only do hermeneutics on the Old Testament, their only scriptures. Search for it.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Abraham is a psychopath for following A VOICE IN HIS HEAD telling him to kill his own son.

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