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date: 21 September 2019

Abraham 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of Christian Art and Architecture
Author(s):
Tom Devonshire JonesTom Devonshire Jones, Linda MurrayLinda Murray, Peter MurrayPeter Murray

was the first of the *Patriarchs of the OT, the founder of the Hebrew nation and of other nations, since God promised that his descendants would be as innumerable as dust. He was originally called Abram, but his name was changed by God (similarly, his wife Sarai became Sarah). His story is told in Gen. 11–25, and three incidents in it have been subjects for Christian artists from the earliest times. He was born in Ur of the Chaldees, but was told by God to go to ‘a land I will show you’. With his wife and his nephew ... ...

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