Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him (Genesis 17:19)Did you catch the problem?
God said he will give Sarah a son who will be called Isaac and he (God) will establish his covenant with him and his “DESCENDANTS”. Wait! If Isaac was the chosen sacrificed son then it will make no sense for God to say before Isaac was born, he (Isaac) will have “DESCENDENTS”.
Think about it, if God told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, then he could have easily challenged God by saying “did you not say your covenant will be everlasting with Isaac and his “DESCENDANTS”?then how is your covenant going to continues with Isaac if he is sacrificed? Thus, we can conclude Isaac was not the chosen son to be sacrificed.
The earliest manuscripts for the Tanack are the DSS, dating back roughly 200bc. Although we have no complete full manuscripts for the DSS, what we have are fragments of the scrolls.
What’s fascinating is the most disputed topic on who was chosen to be sacrificed Ismael or Isaac (pbut) is not found as part of the fragments from DSS.
What we have starts from “Genesis 22:13-15”, when you read Genesis 22 you’ll find the name of the son in verse 2,3,6,7 and 9, whereas the DSS fragment starts from verses 13-15, so in no way the name of the child is found.
The Masoretic text was compiled during the 10th century contradicting much of earlier manuscripts such as the Septuagint and Samaritan.
It’s possible the name was changed from Ismael to Isaac for obvious reasons.
If there are no early sources to look back into, and all we have are corrupted received text such as the Masoretic, then this dispute certainly cannot go in the favour of Jews or Christians.
Almighty Allah is the highest and most knowledgeable, and the attribution of knowledge to him is the safest.
Right from Almighty Allah and wrong from me and Satan
Prepared by Mohamad Mostafa Nassar- Australia.
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