Question 1 Abraham is considered a patriarch in all the major religions below EXCEPT:
Jews consider Abraham the father of the nation of Israel, and Christians believe he started the family line that eventually led to the birth of Jesus. (See Matthew 1:1–17.) Ishmael, Abraham’s son with his maidservant Hagar, is known as a prophet and patriarch to Muslims, and they believe their founder Muhammad was one of his descendants.
Question 2 How old was Abraham when God commanded him to leave his home city of Ur?
Though Abraham lived to be 175, he was still advanced in age when he made this life-altering, obedient move. Today this move would be the equivalent of someone leaving his permanent home in a comfortable, modern city to live the rest of his life in an unfamiliar, partly desert region surrounding by potentially hostile people. Not exactly an easy choice to make!
Question 3 Abraham was raised in an area known for its devotion to God.
Abraham came from a geographic area known for pagan worship. According to Joshua 24:2, Abraham’s father, Terah, was a worshiper of other gods. Rabbinic tradition tells us that Terah not only worshiped, but also created and sold stone idols in their home city of Ur (believed to be modern-day southern Iraq). But Abraham changed this practice, and is considered the founder of monotheism, the worship of one God.
Question 4 When God commanded Abraham to settle in a new place, he also promised him all of the following EXCEPT:
In Genesis 12:1-3, we read God’s first recorded words to Abraham: “The LORD had said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’”
I will make you a great nation.
I will bless you with great wealth.
I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you.
I will make your name great.
Question 5 When God and Abraham made a covenant together, God foretold the Israelites’ slavery in a foreign land for 400 years.
God and Abraham made a sacred covenant together, and God foretold the Israelites’ slavery in a foreign land for 400 years. (See Genesis 15:13–15.) He also spoke of their rescue and then promised the land to Abraham’s descendants, thus prophesying and securing the birth of Israel.
Question 6 Abraham was the first person in the Bible to obey the biblical command of:
When Abraham was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to him and made a second covenant. This covenant was marked by the physical act of circumcision – the first time this practice was introduced in the Bible. During this sacred exchange, God changed Abram’s name to Abraham and his wife Sarai’s name to Sarah. This marked the first of several times throughout Scripture when God would underscore a sacred encounter by giving His followers new names.
Question 7 What was the name of Abraham’s first son?
Abraham and Sarah remained childless more than a decade after receiving God’s promise of an heir. So Sarah decided to help matters along and gave her servant Hagar to Abraham, hoping they could create an heir. But when Hagar became pregnant, she grew hateful toward Sarah. As a result, Sarah treated Hagar harshly, and the maidservant ran away. Despite being rejected by Sarah, the Lord reassured Hagar that she would give birth to a son, Ishmael, and that Ishmael’s descendants would be too numerous to count.
Question 8 How did God test Abraham’s love and loyalty?
When Abraham’s son, Isaac, was still young, God tested Abraham’s love and loyalty by commanding him to sacrifice the child on an altar. When God saw that Abraham was willing to obey this command, He provided a ram instead for the sacrifice at the last minute. God blessed Abraham again for this display of sacrificial obedience.
He commanded him to sacrifice his son.
He asked him to give up all his wealth.
He told him to preach to people in a far-off, enemy land.
He commanded him to tithe a tenth of his possessions.
Question 9 Abraham tried to change God’s mind about:
When Abraham learned of God’s plan to destroy nearby Sodom and Gomorrah because of the residents’ sins, he pleaded with God to spare the town if 50 righteous people were found living there. In one of the longest recorded conversations between God and a man, Abraham kept lowering the number of righteous citizens that might allow the town to be spared. (See Genesis 18:16–33.) When not even ten righteous men were found within the city, God destroyed it in a rain of fire and brimstone.
Sending him away from his father's home.
Destroying Sodom and Gomorrah.
Making a convenant with Abraham.
The fate of Hagar and Ishmael.
Question 10 Where were Abraham and Sarah buried?
In Abraham’s day, people were buried in their homeland. But when Sarah died at the age of 127, he buried her in a cave he purchased near Hebron instead of back in Ur. This choice indicated his loyalty to the land God had called him to years earlier. Abraham lived to be 175 and was buried by his sons Isaac and Ishmael in the cave with Sarah. Eventually Abraham and Sarah’s bodies were joined in this burial cave by the bodies of their son Isaac and his wife Rebekah, and that couple’s son Jacob and his wife Leah. This burial place is now known as the Cave of the Patriarchs, or the Tomb of the Patriarchs, and is one of the most revered and visited holy sites in Israel today.
Near the Western Wall in Jerusalem
Abraham's hometown of Ur
A cave near Hebron
An unmarked field in southern Israel