/ eɪbrəhæm /
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The first of the Old Testament patriarchs and the father of Isaac; according to Genesis, God promised to give Abraham's family (the Hebrews) the land of Canaan (the Promised Land); God tested Abraham by asking him to sacrifice his son.
(lived c. 2300 BC)
In the Old Testament, founder of the Jewish nation. In his early life he was called Abram. God promised him heirs and land for his people in Canaan (Israel), renamed him Abraham (“father of many nations”), and tested his faith by a command (later retracted) to sacrifice his son Isaac.
Still childless at the age of 76, Abraham subsequently had a son (Ishmael) with his wife's maidservant Hagar, and then, at the age of 100, a son (Isaac) with his wife Sarah. God's promise to Abraham that his descendants would be a nation and Canaan their land was fulfilled when the descendants of Abraham's grandson Jacob were led out of Egypt by Moses.
Abraham was born in Ur, Mesopotamia. With his father Terah, wife Sarah, and nephew Lot, he migrated to Haran, N Mesopotamia, and then to Canaan, where he received God's promise of land. After visiting Egypt he separated from Lot at Bethel and settled in Hebron (now in Israel). Abraham was buried in Machpelah Cave, Hebron.