Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
אַבְרָהָם 'lit. father or many or father is exalted'
- 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).
Who Uses This
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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