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In both the Hebrew Bible and the Koran, Abraham’s faith is tested by God when he is asked to sacrifice his only son; however, minor differences between the two accounts connotates significant shifts in the meaning of the passage. According to the Hebrew Bible, Abraham is asked to offer his only son Isaac as a burnt offering. He proceeds to do as he was told, even to the innocent inquiry of his son who asks where the lamb for the offering resided, not realizing that he himself was the offering. Abraham then “bound” his son to the altar until the angel of the Lord appears to provide a ram to sacrifice instead, a reward for Abraham’s obedience and faith in God. This version of the passage depicts the way in which Isaac was unaware of his role in the sacrifice, which
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Unformatted text preview: makes Abraham’s actions a tremendous testament to his faith in the infallibility of God. Even without Isaac’s consent or knowledge, Abraham was willing to sacrifice his only son, his innocent son, to demonstrate his obedience to God. On the other hand, the Koran states that Abraham told his son that he dreamt of sacrificing him and asked for his opinion. Isaac replies that he should do as he is told and that “Allah willing, you shall find me faithful.” Because Isaac willingly agrees to be sacrificed, the passage becomes a testament of faith for both Abraham and Isaac. While Abraham is giving his only son, Isaac is giving the ultimate sacrifice—himself. The dynamic shifts from a testimony of faith from Abraham to that of Isaac. He too believes in this God...
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2012 for the course ARTL 100 taught by Professor Pratt during the Spring '08 term at USC.

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