Abrahamic Research Paper

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According to ethnographer Raphael Patai, author of Encyclopedia of Jewish Folklore and Traditions, in the plains of Ancient Mesopotamia around the year 1812 B.C.E. as per Jewish tradition, Abraham was born to Terah, who was a man native to the province of Ur. Abraham was originally named Abram, which translates as “exalted by his Father;” however, God would change his name to Abraham, a name that signifies “father of a multitude.” When he was seventy-five years old, God appeared to Abraham as El Shaddai, and commanded for him to go out of his father’s house and travel to the promised land of Canaan, where he would be gifted with a large amount of descendants, and El Shaddai Himself offered him protection throughout the journey. As a consequence…show more content…
After Adam and Eve’s fall in the garden of Eden, all the population of the Earth had become increasingly corrupted. The hope for a savior seemed each time more distant and far-fetched, while the moral standards in the world kept plummeting ever deeper. Then in comes Abraham, a normal Mesopotamian man, who did not necessarily live a perfect life and was, on top of it all, a worshipper of the Mesopotamian gods. Why would El Shaddai choose such a man to set the foundations for his plan of redeeming the human race, then? By reading carefully and insightfully, one can draw the conclusion that God’s choosing of Abraham is one of the earliest example of grace in the Bible. Despite being unworthy of such an honor, God planned to call Abraham to His service, to be the ancestor by which the one that would crush the serpent’s head would be…show more content…
Furthermore, I would feel more prone to dedicate my life to this deity of my ancestors, because of His faithfulness, love, and care for His creation, despite its brokenness. As modern reader, nonetheless, I feel that every one of the symbolisms presented throughout the story were just a foretelling of Jesus. When God Himself goes through the blood of the animal carcasses, He was sealing a much more complex covenant. Consequently, I would more fully understand the words of John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Moreover, the New Testament gives witness that: “All of these things were only copies, or shadows, of the better covenant to come. The New Covenant was in Jesus’ blood” (Hebrews 9:23; Luke 22:20). Jesus Christ was the seed of Abraham, and through Him all nations have been blessed with the gift of redemption. No matter how broken humans are, God has already provided the just ransom for the washing away of their sins. Therefore, while studying the Abraham’s story, I can but be amazed at the immense gift God has bestowed upon the human race, not by merits, but by
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