Ishmael not merely “laughing” but “Issac-ing”

When Sarah gives birth to her son, she names him “Isaac” (יצחק; Yitzhaq), saying, “God has made laughter (צחק; tzhoq) for me; everyone who hears will laugh (יצחק; yitzhaq) with me” (Genesis 21:6). On the day that Isaac is weaned, Abraham gives a celebratory feast at which “Sarah saw [Ishmael] the son of Hagar the […]

The Abrahamic Covenant and Seed of Abraham

Abrahamic Covenant The particular covenant feature in which Abraham was concerned was that, if he would be obedient to God, the Seed should be born of his line. Abraham was obedient, and he secured the honour of having the Blesser in his line, as proposed. Note that Abraham’s obedience did not secure a blessing for […]