“Akedah” is the generic Hebrew word for “binding.” In Jewish Tradition, it came to be used as a proper noun to refer to Abraham’s “sacrifice” of Isaac (Genesis chapter 22). [God] said, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as […]
God’s “promise to Abraham” is central to the Book of Genesis, but will Abraham fumble it? Raising that question over and over in the reader’s mind seems to be the author’s intent.
Critics often attack the Bible as being oppressive toward women. Two passages are frequently used: Genesis 19:1-10 and Judges 19:22-25. They are related. In Gen 19, critics allege that Lot (nephew of Abraham) was willing to give his virgin daughters up to sexual assault in order to protect his male guests from similar mistreatment.