Abraham and Isaac

Overview

The binding of Isaac is the Genesis passage that generates the most commentary—though it is frequently misunderstood. The narrative presents two acts of faith: Abraham offering his son to God and Isaac offering himself to his father. Abraham submits to God’s command, knowing full well that God will keep His promise.

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Video Discussion Questions

Why is the phrase “hineni” so significant in Biblical literature?



Why do Biblical narratives often begin in the middle of the action?



Justin A. Jackson is a Professor of English at Hillsdale College, where he has taught since 2004, and where he currently serves as the Director of the Hillsdale College Writing Center. He received both his B.A. and M.A. from California State University, Fresno, and his Ph.D. from Purdue University.


Special thanks to Congregation Sha’are Shalom for permission to film their Torah Scrolls for use in the title sequence.