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Abraham

[ey-bruh-ham, -huh m] /ˈeɪ brəˌhæm, -həm/
noun
1.
the first of the great Biblical patriarchs, father of Isaac, and traditional founder of the ancient Hebrew nation: considered by Muslims an ancestor of the Arab peoples through his son Ishmael.
2.
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “father of many.”.
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  • To what special test did God put Abraham with reference to his son Isaac?

    The Harp of God J. F. Rutherford
  • In the Old Testament Abraham married his half-sister by the same father.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Moreover, the circumcision of Abraham led to no continuation; his posterity was not circumcised till the time of Joshua.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 3 (of 10) Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
  • She could, however, honestly satisfy Abraham that she had not received baptism.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter Emily Sarah Holt
  • Uncle Dennis's recollections go back to the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

British Dictionary definitions for Abraham

Abraham

/ˈeɪbrəˌhæm; -həm/
noun
1.
(Old Testament) the first of the patriarchs, the father of Isaac and the founder of the Hebrew people (Genesis 11–25)
2.
Abraham's bosom, the place where the just repose after death (Luke 16:22)
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Word Origin and History for Abraham

masc. proper name, name of the first of the patriarchs in the Old Testament, from Hebrew Abraham "father of a multitude," from abh "father" + *raham (cognate with Arabic ruham "multitude"); the name he altered from Abram "high father," from second element ram "high, exalted." Related: Abrahamic.

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