Abraham (AY-bruh-ham) listen
Avraham (AHV-rah-ham) listen


Example Sentences

  • "Abraham was a good guy who loved his wife and children very much." (source)

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Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • אַבְרָהָם 'lit. father or many or father is exalted'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings



  • See also Avraham Avinu.

    "Abraham, the first to believe in one God (monotheism), is acknowledged as the founder of Judaism. In Genesis, God chooses Abraham and commands him to go forth to a new land to be the father of a great nation. Abraham and his wife, Sarah, had a son, Isaac. The 12 tribes of Israel are descended from Jacob, Isaac’s son. Abraham and his wife’s handmaiden, Hagar, had a son, Ishmael, who is considered by the Muslim world to be a patriarch of the Arab peoples." (JPS)

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