Two Sides to One Story Essay

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Jorge Diaz December 16, 2011 Period 1 AP World History Mr. Liles Two Sides to One Story The lineage of Abraham, Isaac-and Ishmael, a story of life and death, in two different perspectives, but which one is correct? The Quran does not state the name of the son that Abraham was commanded to sacrifice by Allah (The Quran. New Delhi 37:99–113), in the Bible Abraham is commanded to sacrifice his son Isaac (Bible 22;5, 8). Islamic scholars believe that the son promised to Abraham was Isaac, but when Allah commands Abraham to kill his only son, knowing that Ishmael was born first, this is the son Allah wanted Abraham to sacrifice (islamreligion.com). Judeo-Christian scholars …show more content…
12 And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy handmaid. In all that Sarah saith unto thee, hearken unto her voice. For in Isaac shall thy seed be called. 13 And also of the son of the handmaid will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.(Genesis 21;11-13 Bible).”
This is stating God’s assurance of Ishmael for being sent out of the house, Ishmael was again the product of sin-the handmaid, the sin not being the handmaid but going against what God asking you to do and committing adultery-otherwise known as the maid. Here it is clearly stating that God’s intention of multiplying the people of Abraham not through Ishmael but Isaac. This also implies that Ishmael will also create a nation because he is a son of Abraham, and soon that nation would be the Arab people.
The Quran states that the son to be sacrificed was named Ishmael indirectly; through context one may get the idea of the Quran referencing to the sacrificed son as an only son, in other versions the first born son. To say the only son is incorrect as saying the only son infers to someone only having one son, but Abraham had two (The Sacrifice Of Abraham). Also, the Quran states of the son good news of Isaac and the forebearing of Ishmael; “101. So We gave him the good news of a forbearing son. 
102. Then, when (the son) reached (the age of) (serious) work with him, he said: "O my son! I

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