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The God of Abraham. In the Torah, God chose Abraham , to be the “ father ” , or first, of the Hebrew people .

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In the Torah, God choseAbraham, to be the “father”, or first, of the Hebrew people.
  • God’s first words to Abraham expressed a promise of land and a pledge: “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great…” (Genesis 12:1-2)
He was the son of Terach, an idol merchant, but from his early childhood, he questioned the faith of his father and sought the truth.
He came to believe that the entire universe was the work of a single Creator, and he began to teach this belief to others.
Abram tried to convince his father, Terach, of the folly of idol worship. One day, when Abram was left alone to mind the store, he took a hammer and smashed all of the idols except the largest one.
He placed the hammer in the hand of the largest idol. When his father returned and asked what happened, Abram said, "The idols got into a fight, and the big one smashed all the other ones."His father said, "Don't be ridiculous. These idols have no life or power. They can't do anything." Abram replied, "Then why do you worship them?"
Eventually, the Creator that Abram had worshipped called to him, and made him an offer: if Abram would leave Ur and worship God and only God, then Yahweh would make him a great nation and bless him and his descendants.
Abram accepted this offer, and the b'rit (covenant) between God and the Jewish people was established. (Gen. 12).
This mutual promise between Godand Abraham is called a covenant. This was the first of a series of covenants that Yahweh and the Hebrews would make together.
Abraham, his family, and their herds made their way from the lower Tigris and Euphrates region to Canaan.

The Bible tells how Abraham and his family roamed for many years from Mesopotamia to Canaan to Egypt and back to Canaan. All the while, their God, whose name is Yahweh, was with them.


Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, known as the Patriarchs, are both the physical and spiritual ancestors of Judaism. They founded the religion now known as Judaism, and their descendants are the Jewish people.