Abraham, originally Abram, is the first of the three biblical patriarchs. His story, told in chapters 11 through 25 of the Book of Genesis, plays a prominent role as an example of faith in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. According to the bible, God called upon him and told him 'through your son, Isaac, will come a great nation.' He was given a son at the age of 100. One day, God spoke to him and told him to sacrifice his son. Of course, Abraham was willing and brought his son up to a mountain. He then bound his son by his hands and feet and placed him on the alter. He was about to kill his son, when God stopped him by saying that there is a "ram caught in a thicket by his horns" and that he could sacrifice that instead. Abraham and Isaac sacrificed the ram instead. For his obedience he received another promise of numerous descendants and abundant prosperity.
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