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Abraham (Hebrew) [from 'ab father, ancestor + the verbal root raham to heap together, bring together] traditionally the founder of the hebrew and South-Arabian peoples, whose original name was Abram. "Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee" (Genesis 17:5). Blavatsky holds that abraham "belongs to the universal mythology. most likely he is but one of the numerous aliases of Zeruan (Saturn), the king of the golden age, who is also called the old man (emblem of time)" (IU 2:216). such figures are described in various ways: as historical characters, as mythoi, and as rulers of sidereal and terrestrial powers to be interpreted astronomically and cosmically.

called ibrahim in Arabic, abraham is considered to be the first Moslem , that is, the first person to submit himself to Allah . He was also prophet . according to moslem belief, he and his son ismail (i.e., Ishmael ) built the Kaba and established the practice of Hajj .

the founding father of the people Israel and the first of the Three Patriarchs. according to Genesis, he was the first person with whom god chose to have a special relationship.

(father of a multitude) was the son of Terah, and founder of the great hebrew nation. (B.C. 1996-1822.) his family, a branch of the descendants of Shem, was settled in Ur of the Chaldees, beyond the Euphrates, where abraham was born. Terah had two other sons, nahor and Haran. Haran died before his father in Ur of the Chaldees, leaving a son, Lot; and Terah, taking with him Abram, with Sarai his wife and his grandson Lot, emigrated to Haran in Mesopotamia, where he died. On the death of his father, Abram, then in the 75th year of his age, with Sarai and Lot, pursued his course to the land of Canaan, whither he was directed by divine command, (Genesis 12:5) when he received the general promise that he should become the founder of a great nation, and that all the families of the earth should be blessed in him. He passed through the heart of the country by the great highway to Shechem, and pitched his tent beneath the terebinth of Moreh. (Genesis 12:6) here he received in vision from jehovah the further revelation that this was the land which his descendants should inherit. (Genesis 12:7) the next halting-place of the wanderer was on a mountain between bethel and Ai, (Genesis 12:8) but the country was suffering from famine, and abram journeyed still southward to the rich cornlands of Egypt. There, fearing that the great beauty of Sarai might tempt the powerful monarch of egypt and expose his own life to peril, he arranged that Sarai should represent herself as his sister, which her actual relationship to him, as probably the daughter of his brother Haran, allowed her to do with some semblance of truth. but her beauty was reported to the king, and she was taken into the royal harem. the deception was discovered, and pharaoh with some indignation dismissed abram from the country. (Genesis 12:10-20) He left egypt with great possessions, and, accompanied by Lot, returned by the south of palestine to his former encampment between bethel and Ai. the increased wealth of the two kinsmen was the ultimate cause of their separation. lot chose the fertile plain of the jordan near Sodom, while abram pitched his tent among the groves of Mamre, close to Hebron. (Genesis 13:1) ... lot with his family and possessions having been carried away captive by Chedorlaomer king of Elam, who had invaded Sodom, abram pursued the conquerors and utterly routed them not far from Damascus. the captives and plunder were all recovered, and abram was greeted on his return by the king of Sodom, and by melchizedek king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who mysteriously appears upon the scene to bless the patriarch and receive from him a tenth of the spoil. (Genesis 14:1) ... after this the thrice-repeated promise that his descendants should become a mighty nation and possess the land in which he was a stranger was confirmed with all the solemnity of a religious ceremony. (Genesis 15:1) ... ten years had passed since he had left his father's house, and the fulfillment of the promise was apparently more distant than at first. At the suggestion of Sarai, who despaired of having children of her own, he took as his concubine Hagar, her egyptian main, who bore him ishmael in the 86th year of his age. (Genesis 16:1) ... See: Hagar; ishmael but this was not the accomplishment of the promise. thirteen years elapsed, during which abram still dwelt in Hebron, when the covenant was renewed, and the rite of circumcision established as its sign. this most important crisis in abram's life, when he was 99 years old, is marked by the significant change of his name to Abraham, "father of a multitude;" while his wife's from Sarai became Sarah. the promise that sarah should have a son was repeated in the remarkable scene described in ch. 18. three men stood before abraham as he sat in his tent door in the heat of the day. the patriarch, with true eastern hospitality, welcomed the strangers, and bade them rest and refresh themselves. the meal ended, they foretold the birth of Isaac, and went on their way to Sodom. abraham accompanied them, and is represented as an interlocutor in a dialogue with Jehovah, in which he pleaded in vain to avert the vengeance threatened to the devoted cities of the plain. (Genesis 18:17-33) In remarkable contrast with Abraham's firm faith with regard to the magnificent fortunes of his posterity stand the incident which occurred during his temporary residence among the philistines in Gerar, whither he had for some cause removed after the destruction of Sodom. It was almost a repetition of what took place in egypt a few years before. At length Isaac, the long-looked for child, was born. Sarah's jealousy aroused by the mockery of ishmael at the "great banquet" which abram made to celebrate the weaning of her son, (Genesis 21:9) demanded that, with his mother Hagar, he should be driven out. (Genesis 21:10) but the severest trial of his faith was yet to come. for a long period the history is almost silent. At length he receives the strange command to take Isaac, his only son, and offer him for a burnt offering at an appointed place abraham hesitated not to obey. his faith, hitherto unshaken, supported him in this final trial, "accounting that god was able to raise up his son, even from the dead, from whence also he received him in a figure." (Hebrews 11:19) the sacrifice was stayed by the angel of Jehovah, the promise of spiritual blessing made for the first time, and abraham with his son returned to Beersheba, and for a time dwelt there. (Genesis 22:1) ... but we find him after a few years in his original residence at Hebron, for there sarah died, (Genesis 23:2) and was buried in the cave of Machpelah. the remaining years of Abraham's life are marked by but few incidents. after Isaac's marriage with rebekah and his removal to Lahai-roi, abraham took to wife Keturah, by whom he had six children, Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbok and Shuah, who became the ancestors of nomadic tribes inhabiting the countries south and southeast of Palestine. abraham lived to see the gradual accomplishment of the promise in the birth of his grandchildren jacob and Esau, and witnessed their growth to manhood. (Genesis 25:26) At the goodly age of 175 he was "gathered to his people," and laid beside sarah in the tomb of Machpelah by his sons isaac and Ishmael. (Genesis 25:7-10)   

father of a great multitude  

father of a multitude, son of Terah, named (Gen. 11:27) before his older brothers nahor and Haran, because he was the heir of the promises. till the age of seventy, abram sojourned among his kindred in his native country of Chaldea. He then, with his father and his family and household, quitted the city of Ur, in which he had hitherto dwelt, and went some 300 miles north to Haran, where he abode fifteen years. the cause of his migration was a call from god (Acts 7:2-4). there is no mention of this first call in the old Testament; it is implied, however, in Gen. 12. while they tarried at Haran, Terah died at the age of 205 years. abram now received a second and more definite call, accompanied by a promise from god (Gen. 12:1,2); whereupon he took his departure, taking his nephew lot with him, "not knowing whither he went" (Heb. 11:8). He trusted implicitly to the guidance of him who had called him. abram now, with a large household of probably a thousand souls, entered on a migratory life, and dwelt in tents. passing along the valley of the Jabbok, in the land of Canaan, he formed his first encampment at Sichem (Gen. 12:6), in the vale or oak-grove of Moreh, between Ebal on the north and Gerizim on the south. here he received the great promise, "I will make of thee a great nation," etc. (Gen. 12:2,3,7). this promise comprehended not only temporal but also spiritual blessings. It implied that he was the chosen ancestor of the great deliverer whose coming had been long ago predicted (Gen. 3:15). soon after this, for some reason not mentioned, he removed his tent to the mountain district between Bethel, then called Luz, and Ai, towns about two miles apart, where he built an altar to "Jehovah." He again moved into the southern tract of Palestine, called by the hebrews the Negeb; and was at length, on account of a famine, compelled to go down into Egypt. this took place in the time of the Hyksos, a semitic race which now held the egyptians in bondage. here occurred that case of deception on the part of abram which exposed him to the rebuke of pharaoh (Gen. 12:18). Sarai was restored to him; and pharaoh loaded him with presents, recommending him to withdraw from the country. He returned to canaan richer than when he left it, "in cattle, in silver, and in gold" (Gen. 12:8; 13:2. Comp. Ps. 105:13, 14). the whole party then moved northward, and returned to their previous station near Bethel. here disputes arose between lot's shepherds and those of abram about water and pasturage. abram generously gave lot his choice of the pasture-ground. (Comp. 1 Cor. 6:7.) He chose the well-watered plain in which sodom was situated, and removed thither; and thus the uncle and nephew were separated. immediately after this abram was cheered by a repetition of the promises already made to him, and then removed to the plain or "oak-grove" of Mamre, which is in Hebron. He finally settled here, pitching his tent under a famous oak or terebinth tree, called "the oak of Mamre" (Gen. 13:18). this was his third resting-place in the land. some fourteen years before this, while abram was still in Chaldea, palestine had been invaded by Chedorlaomer, king of Elam, who brought under tribute to him the five cities in the plain to which lot had removed. this tribute was felt by the inhabitants of these cities to be a heavy burden, and after twelve years they revolted. this brought upon them the vengeance of Chedorlaomer, who had in league with him four other kings. He ravaged the whole country, plundering the towns, and carrying the inhabitants away as slaves. among those thus treated was Lot. hearing of the disaster that had fallen on his nephew, abram immediately gathered from his own household a band of 318 armed men, and being joined by the amoritish chiefs Mamre, Aner, and Eshcol, he pursued after Chedorlaomer, and overtook him near the springs of the Jordan. they attacked and routed his army, and pursued it over the range of Anti-Libanus as far as to Hoba

abrahamabrahamitic `bra*ham*it"ic, ical *ic*al(&?;), a. relating to the patriarch abraham.   similar words(2) 

 to sham abraham  abraham-man 

Noun1. 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; "Judaism, Christianity, and islam each has a special claim on Abraham" (synonym) ibrahim (hypernym) patriarch

Abraham ( Ashkenazi Avrohom or Avruhom ; , ; Ge'ez: , ) is a figure in the Torah, Bible, and Quran whom Jewish, Christian and Muslim believers regard as the founding patriarch of the Israelites, Arabs and Edomite peoples. In what is thus called Abrahamic religious tradition, abraham is the forefather of these peoples.

Abrahám is a village and municipality in Galanta District of the Trnava Region of south-west Slovakia.


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