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Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are diverse faiths, with many variances, especially
concerning history and message.
These religions have many commonalities, yet they are also
very different from one another.
One of the most basic, yet most important commonalities
between these religions is that these faiths are known as the three Abrahamic traditions,
because all of these faiths place a huge significance on Abraham as a founder or father of the
Within the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Koran, Abraham is depicted in
many different ways, however in all these, he is depicted as a father of the faith, and a
Throughout these books, Abraham as a father of the faith, a religious symbol, a
leader, and an inspiration, and an example.
Within Judaism and the ongoing history of the Israelites, one of the most important
aspects of the portrayal of Abraham is that he is depicted as a father of the Jewish nation.
the Hebrew Bible, Abraham serves as a father of the Jewish faith and the Israelites, as well as a
mediator between God and his people, one who is favored by God.
The first recording of a
dialogue between God and Abraham is in Genesis 12:2, God says to Abraham, “‘I will make
you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a
I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples
on earth will be blessed through you.’”
Later, in Genesis 13, God says to Abraham “‘Lift up
your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west.
All the land that you
see I will give to you and your offspring forever.
I will make your offspring like the dust of
the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted.”
passages portray Abraham as the future father of a great nation, that is, the Israelites or the
The Jews claim that they are descendants of Abraham, and they are the great nation that
he will father.
Within these passages, it is important that Abraham is portrayed as the father of
the nation, from which the greatest nation on earth will rise.