Hebrews 11:17-19, Did Abraham Think Isaac Would Be Resurrected? Part I of II

By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. –Hebrews 11:17-19

//As Abraham prepared to take Isaac up the mountain to sacrifice him, he told his traveling companions to wait for them. He promised that both he and Isaac would return.

Rashi, an 11th-century commentator, suggests that Abraham prophesied that both would return. It wasn’t hopeful thinking, nor a white lie. Somehow, Abraham knew Isaac wouldn’t die. Or did Abraham think Isaac would be raised up from the dead?

The author of Hebrews reads it that way, as in today’s verse. There is, however, another way to read today’s verse. More tomorrow.



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