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Abraham’s Male Descendants
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Originally called Abram until God changed his name; first of the Old Testament patriarchs; father of Isaac and Ishmael and uncle of Lot. Abraham lived either in the 22nd to 20th centuries bc (during the transition from Early Bronze IV to Middle Bronze I) or in the 19th to 17th centuries bc (Middle Bronze II)—roughly a millennium before the Greek writer Homer.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Abraham
Abraham (אַבְרָהָם‎, avraham, אַבְרָם‎, avram; Ἀβραάμ, Abraam). Originally called Abram until God changed his name; first of the Old Testament patriarchs; father of Isaac and Ishmael and uncle of Lot. Abraham lived either in the 22nd to 20th centuries bc (during the transition from Early Bronze IV to Middle
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Abraham
Abraham. One of the Bible’s most significant personalities, the “wandering Aramean” (Dt 26:5) whom God called from the city of Ur to become patriarch of God’s own people. Referred to as the “friend of God” (2 Chr 20:7; Jas 2:23), Abraham played an important role in Hebrew history and in the “drama of
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Abraham
Abraham āʹbrə-ham [Heb. ’aḇrāhām; Gk. Abraam]; ABRAM āʹbəm [Heb. ’aḇrām]. The great patriarch of Israel; son of Terah and father of Isaac. I. Name II. Career III. Archeology and the Period of Abraham IV. Chronology V. Character VI. Religious Significance
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Abraham
ABRAHAM One of the Bible’s most significant personalities, whom God called from the city of Ur to become patriarch of God’s own people.Abraham’s name was originally Abram, meaning “[the] father is exalted.” When he was given that name by his parents, they were probably participants in the moon cult
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Abraham
Abraham (ay´bruh-ham; Heb., “father of a multitude”), a Hebrew patriarch and an important figure in three living religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. First known as Abram (Heb., “exalted father”), he became the patriarch of several peoples from the area of the Levant. He is called the “father
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Abraham
ABRAHAMAuthenticity and Date of His BackgroundThough archaeology has provided no direct contact with Abraham, abundant evidence has accumulated which, far from contradicting the biblical story, has led many critical scholars to accept the account as a genuine reflection of the period it claims to represent.
Abram
ABRAM. The original name used for Abraham (q.v.) in Gen 11:27–17:5. The name occurs in Old Babylonian, Egyptian texts of the 19th cen. b.c., ancient S Arabic, and on a Ugaritic inscription. To these heathen the name probably meant “my (divine) father is exalted.”
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Abraham
ABRAHAM. A descendant of Shem and son of Terah; husband of Sarah and, as father of Isaac, ancestor of the Hebrew nation and, through Ishmael, of other Semites (Gn. 17:5; 25:10–18). His life (Gn. 11:26–25:10; summarized in Acts 7:2–8) is taken as an example of outstanding faith in God (Heb. 11:8–12) by
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Abraham
Abraham (Heb. ʾaḇrāhām)The son of Terah, husband of Sarah, father of Ishmael and Isaac, and grandfather of Jacob. He is the common patriarch of the three “Abrahamic” religions: Jews trace their ancestry to Abraham through his son Isaac and his grandson Jacob-Israel, Muslims trace theirs through his
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Abraham
Abraham [āˊbrə hăm] (Heb. ˒aḇrāhām).† Progenitor of the Israelites and an important figure in salvation history.
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Abraham
ABRAHAM אברהםI. The ‘original’ name of the patriarch ʾabrām belongs to the common stock of West Semitic names known since the beginning of the second millennium bce. It is a contracted form of ʾăbîrām (HALAT 9; de Vaux 1968:11; 1 Kgs 16:32; Num 16:1; 26:9; Ps 106:17), written abrm in Ugarit (KTU
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