15 Facts About Isaac


Isaac is one of the three patriarchs of the Israelites and an important figure in the Abrahamic religions, including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

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Isaac was the son of Abraham and Sarah, the father of Jacob, and the grandfather of the twelve tribes of Israel.

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Isaac's name means "he will laugh", reflecting the laughter, in disbelief, of Abraham and Sarah, when told by God that they would have a child.

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Isaac is the only patriarch whose name was not changed, and the only one who did not move out of Canaan.

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Isaac laughed because Sarah was past the age of childbearing; both she and Abraham were advanced in age.

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Isaac had gone back to all of the wells that his father dug and saw that they were all stopped up with earth.

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So, Isaac unearthed them and began to dig for more wells all the way to Beersheba, where he made a pact with Abimelech, just like in the day of his father.

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Isaac called his son Esau and directed him to procure some venison for him, in order to receive Isaac's blessing.

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Thereafter, Isaac sent Jacob into Mesopotamia to take a wife of his mother's brother's house.

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The sacrifice of Isaac is cited in appeals for the mercy of God in later Jewish traditions.

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Isaac was the only patriarch who stayed in Canaan during his whole life and though once he tried to leave, God told him not to do so.

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Isaac was the oldest of the biblical patriarchs at the time of his death, and the only patriarch whose name was not changed.

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Tertullian draws a parallel between Isaac's bearing the wood for the sacrificial fire with Christ's carrying his cross.

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New Testament states Isaac was "offered up" by his father Abraham, and that Isaac blessed his sons.

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Isaac is mentioned seventeen times by name in the Quran, often with his father and his son, Jacob.

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