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Isaac (ī´zək) [Heb.,=laughter], according to the patriarchal narratives of the Book of Genesis, Isaac was the only son of Abraham and Sara. He married Rebecca, and their sons were Esau and Jacob. Ishmael was his half-brother. As a supreme act of faith Abraham offered him at an early age as a sacrifice to God—a deed prevented by divine intervention. The Philistine king Abimelech gave him shelter in time of famine, and he grew rich in lands and possessions. Before his death, Rebecca, by ruse, caused him to bless Jacob in place of Esau. Isaac is also attested in the Qur'an. Scholarship generally regards the patriarchal stories of Genesis, including those concerning Isaac, as having their origin in folk memories and oral traditions of the early Hebrew pastoralist experience.

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Isaac. Son of the Hebrew patriarch Abraham by his wife Sarah. His name is derived from the fact that his mother laughed (z̳ahaka) when told that she would bear a child (Genesis 18. 12). See also ʿAKEDA.

In Islam, Isaac (Isḥāq) is listed in the Qurʾān among the prophets (e.g. 4. 163), and named as the son, a ‘prophet, one of the righteous’ (37. 112) promised to Ibrāhīm (Abraham) (cf. 6. 84, 21. 72). Later Muslim tradition held that the son demanded in sacrifice was Ismāʿīl, though the Quranic account (37. 100–9) does not specify his name.

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Isaac Character of the Old Testament, and one of the Patriarchs. He was the only son of Abraham and Sarah. As a test of faith in God, Abraham was prepared to sacrifice Isaac, but at the last minute, he was told to sacrifice a lamb instead. Isaac married Rebecca and became the father of Jacob and Esau.

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Isaac in the Bible, a Hebrew patriarch, son of Abraham and Sarah and father of Jacob and Esau, whom Abraham was commanded by God to sacrifice. Because of his obedience to God, Isaac was spared; a ram caught in a thicket nearby was substituted for the boy.

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