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Abraham

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Abraham was the first Hebrew *patriarch; his life is described in Genesis chapters 11-25. Scenes from his life most often represented in early Christian and medieval art include his parting company with his nephew *Lot, his blessing by *Melchizedek, the visit he received from three *angels who announced that his barren wife *Sarah would bear a son, and *God’s testing of his faith by ordering him to sacrifice his son *Isaac (this deed prevented by angelic intervention at the last moment). All of these scenes are found in early Christian mosaics and in various media throughout the Middle Ages. Abraham’s Page 2  obedience to the will of God was emphasized by Christian writers, in particular, his willingness to sacrifice his son was typologically understood as a prefiguration of the sacrifice of Jesus. In art, Abraham is generally shown with white hair and a beard and often carries a knife (in reference to the sacrifice of Isaac). He also appears, especially in Romanesque and Gothic portal sculpture, as a seated or standing figure holding small people (representing *souls) in the drapery folds of his lap; this is in reference to the passage in *Luke 16:22 where Jesus describes the beggar Lazarus being carried by angels into Abraham’s bosom.

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