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Philo's Version Of The ‘Aqedah

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Abraham, the first of the three forefathers of the Israelites and the first to recognize G-d, underwent ten trials of faith according to rabbinic tradition. This chapter discusses a number of questions that arise when considering Philo's extended treatment of the 'Aqedah in his essay Abr. The author briefly summarizes the topics included in the book - peace and war, fruitfulness and barrenness, dearth and plenty, the destruction of the earth by fire - presumably an allusion to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah - and water - presumably the Great Flood, how plants and animals came into being, and how humans came into being. What is striking about this summary is that though more than four fifths of the Book of Genesis deals with Abraham and his successors and hence the origins of the Israelites, this summary centers on the universal aspects covered by the book, as if the book is concerned with the whole human race.

Keywords: Abraham; Aqedah; human race; Philo



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