Making Scripture Relevant to Modern Readers
Why Abraham Killed Isaac
In this early version of the Abraham story Abraham the patriarch gave his wife, Sarah, to a local monarch who may have impregnated her with Isaac. The purity of the Israelite bloodline is not in doubt, however, since Abraham killed Isaac to atone for his sins before Isaac had a chance to procreate. In this and many other respects, this early version of Abraham story is very different from what those familiar with the canonical text may recall. When Abraham Murdered Isaac traces the development of this uniquely divergent account and its slow development into the canonical text we have today.