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He Who Established The Covenants

Updated on May 29, 2019

Abraham And Isaac Establish The Way Of God


Trek To The Vacant Region Of Jerusalem

This first instalment of the stories of Abraham establishing the conclusions of his covenants with God comprises verses and segments from a number of different sources. Each is numbered and referenced to a standard biblical format, or the Qur'an, whence S refers to a particular Surah and verse. The sequence is chronological, as best as may be determined.

(1) So it came to be after these [many] things, (2) when (Yitzhak) attained age (of a bar mitzvah), (3) that God did test Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham.”

And he said, “Behold, (it is) I.”

(4) And He said, “Do take your son, your only one, Yitzhak, whom you love, and you trek to the Moreyah region, and offer him up there (as) (for) a burnt-ascendant offering, on one of the mountains which I shall tell to you.”

(5) He said, “Oh my son, in the dream, indeed, I have seen that I am sacrificing you. So, look (out) [for] what you perceive.”

He said, “Oh my father, do as you are ordered. If-it-be God willing, you will find me of the patient ones.”

(6) So Abraham arose early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his youths with him, and Yitzhak his son, and he chopped wood [for the] burnt offering. Then he ascended, and he trekked to the place which The-God did speak of to him, (7) in the third day. And Abraham raised his eyes and saw the place [marked] from afar.

(8) And Abraham said to his youths, “You remain here with the ass. Then the boy and I will walk up to there and worship, and return to you.”

(9) And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and placed it on his son Yitzhak. So he took the fire, and the knife in hand, and they walked together as a pair.

(10) Then Yitzhak spoke to his father Abraham and said, “My father.”

And he said, “Here, my son.”

And he said, “Behold, the fire and the wood. So where is the lamb for a burnt-ascent offering?”

(11) And Abraham said, “My son, God will see to it Himself for the lamb unto a burnt-ascent offering.”

And they both walked on together. Then they came to the place of which The-God had spoken unto him, and Abraham built the altar there, and arranging the wood, and binding his son, Yitzhak, he also set him on the altar, separated, atop [the] wood.

(13) Then when both of them had submitted, and he put him down upon his forehead, (14) and Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slaughter his son, (15) and (We)([, through] an angel of YHWH) called to him out (of the heavens and spoke) (thus), “(Oh Abraham,) Abraham!”

(16) And he said, “Behold, (it is) I!”

(17) And he said, “Restrain your hand raised toward the lad, and do not do anything to him! (18) Undoubtedly you have fulfilled the vision. (19) For now I know that you fear [your] God, and neither would you withhold your only son from Me.”

(20) And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and he looked, and behold, a ram subsequently snagged in a thicket from his horns. So Abraham came and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt-ascendant offering to substitute his son.

(21) Indeed We reward the good-doers thus. (22) Indeed, this one, (he) [was] definitely the manifest trial. (23) And We ransomed him with a supremely-great sacrifice. (24) And We left for him [a word] amongst the succeeding generations, (25) spiritual-peace be unto Abraham. (26) Thus We reward the good-doers. (27) Indeed he, from-amongst Our slaves, [was] the believing.

(28) And Abraham called the place-name; YHWH-shall-be-seen (prophetically) (יהוה-יראה). That is being contemporaneously spoken of : 'In YHWH's mountain (he) is to be shown-forth.'

(29) And an angel of YHWH called to Abraham from the heavens a second time (30) saying, “YHWH said, I swear by My (own Name), for that which you have done, the word, exactly, and you have not withheld, your only son, from Me. (31) So-that a blessing I will bless thee, and greatly, greatly, your seed will-be-as stars of the skies, and as sand that rests-upon the seashore. And your seed shall seize their enemies' gate. (32) And through your seed, all nations of the Earth (shall consequently) be blessed, due-to-the-fact that you hearkened unto My Voice.”

(33) And who [is] superior [in] a decreed-way than whomsoever submits his face to God, and he [is] a doer of good, and follows Abraham's prescribed-religion; upright (Arab.-hanif)? And Abraham was taken by God [as] a near friend.

(34) So Abraham returned to his youths, and they arose, and they trekked together to Beer-Sheba. And Abraham dwelt in Beer-Sheba.

(1) Gen.22:1a, (2) S37:102a, (3) Gen.22:1b, (4) Mas./Sam. Gen.22:2, (5) S37:102b, (6) Mas./Sam. Gen.22:3, (7) Gen.22:4, (8) Gen.22:5, (9) Gen.22:6, (10) Gen.22:7, (11) Gen.22:8, (12) Gen.22:9, (13) S37:103, (14) Gen.22:10, (15) Gen.22:11a/S37:104, (16) Gen.22:11b, (17) Gen.22:12a, (18) S37:105a, (19) Gen.22:12b, (20) Gen.22:13, (21) S37:105b, (22) S37:106, (23) S37:107, (24) S37:108, (25) S37:109, (26) S37:110, (27) S37:111, (28) Gen.22:14, (29) Gen.22:15, (30) DSS/Sam. Gen.22:16, (31) Gen.22:17, (32) Gen.22:18, (33) S4:125, (34) Gen.22:19.

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Mas./Sam. Gen.22:2: Moreyah, as in Mount Moreyah where He had appeared (2Chron.3:1). It is from here that instruction goes forth, but the Pharisaic Targum Onkelos of the Tannaic era renders, the land of service. This alludes to the service of incense, which included myrrh, spikenard, and other spices, and myrrh (מור) is phonetically similar to Moreyah (Rashi).

The complete story of Abraham has been debased, shrouding the prophetic picture of its narrative. Did God permit this to happen as a divine punishment (S5:13, 78-81)? Despite these matters, the text remains a holy work which retains much integrity, but not a fullness. The time of this corruption is not known, but it clearly predates the Masoretic text. It may have occurred after the time of David and Solomon. Certainly the Tanakh acknowledges a serious problem when the Mosaic Torah was basically unknown (2Kgs.22:8) approximately 2640 years ago. By the Masoretic, and other texts, the age of a bar mitzvah is emphasised (Gen.17:25), but in a context which seems irreconcilable to sound reason, being associated with a teenage Yishmael. Yishmael was separated as a tot, if anything is true. In terms of a credible chronology, Yishmael and Yitzhak were born not long after Abraham's eighty-sixth, or ninety-nineth year. Then the offering up of Yitzhak occurred when Abraham was around one-hundred years old, or most likely thirteen years thereafter.

Gen.22:4: Third day is when they reached a point near the great hill, but it seems as though it was a fourth morning at the time of ascent.

Gen.22:9-S37:103: Yitzhak's trial is accounted by the oral tradition, that his hands and legs were tied (tightly) together behind him (Bab. Talmud, Tract. Shabbat54a), and the Qur'an confirms this opinion insomuch as he was facedown, suggesting a definite integrity in this particular oral tradition. There are two specific words associated with the meaning.

S37:105a: Abraham fulfilled the vision as opposed to breaking the prophetic picture (cf. Num.20:11). This is the clear meaning of "fulfilling Torah", a slogan of the Netzerim.

Gen.22:13: Passover lambs are accounted individually as the substitute sacrifice of that ram on Moreyah in the Northern-Israelite tradition (Benyamin Tsedaka et al, The Israelite Samaritan Version of the Torah, First English Translation Compared With The Masoretic Version, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A., 2013, pp.47-48).

Gen.22:18: Nations shall all be blessed... The literal rendering is, and they were blessed.

S4:125: Abraham, a friend of God (2Chron.20:7, Isa.41:8, James2:23). According to Maimonides, the city of Hebron is a contraction of the Hebrew words, friend, and beloved (חבר , נאה) (The Israel Bible - 70th Anniversary Edition, New Jewish Publication Society translation (1985), Naphtali “Tuly” Weisz et al, 2018, Menorah Books, Koren Publishers Jerusalem Ltd.).

The Abrahamic Covenants Through Isaac And Ishmael

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      4 months ago from New Zealand

      Jay C OBrien, the biblical and Qur'anic God created good and evil. He created life & death. The basis of existence on this planet is consumption. People and animals and even plants consume other organisms to survive and sometimes eliminate their competitors for this reason. You could ask another question, did God create corruption and honesty, the answer is yes. How is this? God created people with a free will to choose, and sometimes the correct choice makes no sense to us because we cannot see where it will lead.

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      Jay C OBrien 

      4 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      I guess that means, "Yes." Does your God use violence to work his will, incuding killing children? See Joshua.

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      4 months ago from New Zealand

      Hi Jay C OBrien, according to the Hexateuch he was given explicit instructions in what to do to maintain the Mosaic covenant, and it seems he was present as a youth during the ratification at Sinai, in accordance with the Qur'an. Remember that some of these peoples were certainly different to us. They were giants with a different number of toes and fingers to what we have. Eventually they were all exterminated. Not all the human tribes were exterminated though. This pertains to the promise to Abraham that the land would belong to his seed. There is usually only one way of doing that, to displace those residing there; violence. If one examines the history of the world this was ever so, until the modern atomic age, but Satan is now fully on the loose again and little time remains.

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      Jay C OBrien 

      4 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Did Joshua have a Covenant with God when he invaded the Land of Caanan and killed men, women, and children?

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      10 months ago from New Zealand

      Thank you for taking the time to check out this article, and Yah bless you and your family!

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      10 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Shalom alaikhem.


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