Who was the Biblical sacrifice: Isaac or Ishmael

Document Type : Original Article

Abstract

In the Abrahamic faiths, it is held that Abraham had received a Divine command to sacrifice one of his sons. The human sacrifice of that event was ransomed alive due to a sheep that was dispatched from the heavens for Abraham. Though Jews believe that it was Isaac who was ransomed, based on the Old Testament, both historical and Quranic evidence prove that it was Ishmael who underwent such a sacrificial experience in the vicinity of Mecca. The paper highlights some discrepancies in the Biblical references, too. 

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Article Title [Persian]

Who was the Biblical sacrifice: Isaac or Ishmael

Abstract [Persian]

In the Abrahamic faiths, it is held that Abraham had received a Divine command to sacrifice one of his sons. The human sacrifice of that event was ransomed alive due to a sheep that was dispatched from the heavens for Abraham. Though Jews believe that it was Isaac who was ransomed, based on the Old Testament, both historical and Quranic evidence prove that it was Ishmael who underwent such a sacrificial experience in the vicinity of Mecca. The paper highlights some discrepancies in the Biblical references, too. 

Keywords [Persian]

  • Abrahamic faiths
  • human sacrifice
  • Ishmael
  • Isaac
  • Mecca