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[[Image:abraham_sacrificing_isaac.jpg|thumb|right|200px|''Abraham Sacrificing Isaac'' by Rembrandt]]
'''Abraham''' (Hebrew '''אַבְרָהָם''') lived in [[Ur]] approximately 1800 BC when it was part of the East Canaanite Old Babylonian kingdom. His story is told in the book of [[Genesis]]. He is credited in the [[Bible]] as the father of [[Judaism]] and the recipient of a covenant with God. Held up as an example of faith to all Christians, Jews, and Muslims, Abraham migrated to [[Canaan]] in obedience to God's command. In the Bible, Abraham had two important children, [[Ishmael]] and [[Isaac]]. The descendants of Isaac became the [[Israelite|Israelites]] as chronicled in the Bible. The [[Arab]]s claim to be descended from Ishmael, although this is not discussed in the Bible itself.
Abraham was born in the land of Ur of the chaldeans and named Abram. His family was descended from Shem, one of Noah's sons. His father's name was Terah, his brothers were Nahor and Haran. He was married to his half-sister, Sarai. When his father left Ur, Abram left with him. They stopped at the city of Haran, where Terah died. Abram was then called by God to leave his land. God promised that, if he followed him, he would give him land, descendants, fame, and riches. Abram obeyed God and left Haran at age 75, and took his nephew, [[Lot]], with him. They went onto the land of Canaan, all the way to Shechem. He would also move to a mountain, west of Bethel and east of Ai, where he built an altar to the Lord. <ref> Genesis 11:27-12:9. </ref>
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