What is Isaac?

  • (noun): (Old Testament) the second patriarch; son of Abraham and Sarah who was offered by Abraham as a sacrifice to God; father of Jacob and Esau.


Isaac ( /ˈaɪzək/; Hebrew: יִצְחָק, Yitsẖak Yiṣḥāq, Yiçḥaq, "he will laugh"; Yiddish: יצחק, Yitskhok; Ancient Greek: Ἰσαάκ Isaak; Latin: Isaac; Arabic: إسحاق‎ or إسحٰق ʼIsḥāq) as described in the Hebrew Bible, was the only son Abraham had with his wife Sarah, and was the father of Jacob and Esau. Isaac was one of the three patriarchs of the Israelites. According to the Book of Genesis, Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born, and Sarah was beyond childbearing years.

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Earl Isaac
... Earl Judson Isaac (7 August 1921 – 12 December 1983), along with friend Bill Fair, set up the company Fair Isaac in a small studio apartment on Lincoln Ave ...
Toledot - Readings - Fourth Reading — Genesis 26:23–29
... In the fourth reading (עליה, aliyah), Isaac went to Beersheba, and that night God appeared to Isaac, telling Isaac not to fear, for God was with him ... So Isaac built an altar and invoked the Lord by name ... And Isaac pitched his tent there and his servants began digging a well ...
Toledot - Readings - Second Reading — Genesis 26:6–12
... In the second reading (עליה, aliyah), Isaac settled in Gerar, and when the men of Gerar asked Isaac about his beautiful wife, he said that she was his sister out of fear that the men ... But looking out of the window, Abimelech saw Isaac fondling Rebekah, and Abimelech summoned Isaac to complain that Isaac had called her his sister ... Isaac explained that he had done so to save his life ...
Isaac - In Art
... The earliest Christian portrayal of Isaac is found in the Roman catacomb frescoes ... artistic works in three categories "Abraham leads Isaac towards the altar or Isaac approaches with the bundle of sticks, Abraham having preceded him to the place of offering.. ... Abraham is upon a pedestal and Isaac stands near at hand, both figures in orant attitude.. ...
Thomas Isaac
... Thomas Isaac (born 1952) is a central committee member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), and represents Alappuzha constituency in the Kerala State Legislative Assembly ... Mathew and Saramma Mathew, Isaac obtained a PhD in Economics from Centre for Development Studies, which is academically affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi ... Isaac had been a professor at the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram and has published a number of articles and books ...

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    Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man.
    Bible: Hebrew Jacob, in Genesis, 27:11.

    To his mother Rebekah, explaining how the blind Isaac might discover the ploy of his pretending to be Esau. “Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.” (25:27)