Abraham and Isaac — different faiths, different names, great art

Abraham is considered the father of three religions –Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In the Quran, the holy book of Islam, he is called “Ibrahim” instead of Abraham, but he is the same person. One of the most well-known and shocking stories from the Bible and Quran involves Abraham and one of his sons. In this story, Abraham hears God tell him to sacrifice his son

In the Jewish tradition, this story is called “the binding of Isaac,” while in the Christian tradition it is called “the sacrifice of Isaac.” If you bind something, what are you doing? How is that different from sacrificing something?

In the Muslim tradition, the son whom Abraham is called on to sacrifice is not named. Why do you think that is?

This is the subject of some wonderful art– here are a couple of examples — the first one is in a mosaic at the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy, the second is a sculpture by Donatello at the Museo dell’opera del Duomo in Florence, Italy, the third is a painting by Caravaggio at the Uffizi, also in Florence, Italy. What are two similarities and two differences that you see in the the images?

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