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Ishmael or Isaac?



Jews, Christians, and Muslims all believe in the story of Abraham being told to sacrifice his son after being commanded to by God. The main difference however, is that Jews and Christians believe that the sacrificial son was Isaac, while Muslims believe it was Ishmael.

The main reason behind the difference is because the Bible specifically mentions Isaac as being the son, so the question is who was the actual son to be sacrificed, Isaac as the Christian and Jews say, or Ishmael as the Muslims say?

When one turns to the biblical account, the Muslim account of the sacrificial son being Ishmael is actually strengthened. We read from the Bible:

And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. (Genesis 1-3)

So according to the Bible, God ordered Abraham to sacrifice his only son, and as we all know, Isaac was not Abraham’s only son. The only son, who could be called the only son, was Ishmael, as he was Abraham’s first-born son, so he could’ve been called the only son.

Labeling Isaac as the only son as done in Genesis, is obviously mistaken, and incorrect. In fact when we read further into Genesis, concerning the funeral of Abraham, we read that both Ishmael and Isaac buried him together, and in the account of the burial, Ishmael is referenced as Abraham’s son:

And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre; The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth: there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife. (Genesis 25:9-10)

So notice Ishmael is called a son, as he is burying his father along with Isaac, so this is more proof that Isaac could not have been the only son of Abraham. How could Isaac be the only son of Abraham, when Abraham still had another son, Ishmael, who is also called a son of Abraham as he buries Abraham with his brother Isaac.

When reading the biblical account, one can see the obvious change made by a scribe, who decided to insert and change the name from Ishmael to Isaac. It also makes perfect sense for a scribe to have changed the son from Ishmael to Isaac, the scribes who had written and recorded down the Bible, were Jews and Israelites, so it makes sense they would make Isaac, the Israelite, as the supposed sacrificial son, over Ishmael, who was not an Israelite and was a member of a separate and different tribe.

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