Abraham and Isaac

Abraham (and Isaac)
A segment, from the religio-mythology genealogy page, showing Abraham about to slay his son Isaac on a pile of wood, right when an angel of god appears to him, and tells him to stop.
In religio-mythology, Abraham and Isaac refers to the paradoxical Biblical story, as told in Genesis 22, wherein god asks Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac, after which he proceeds to do so, by slitting his throat and roasting him on a pile of wood, until being interrupted by an angel from god who tells him to stop, after which a “ram” appears, caught by his horns in the thicket, which Abraham then uses instead of his son for the sacrifice.

The character Abraham, in god character rescripts, originally was the sun god Ra; the original Egyptian equivalent of Isaac, however, is wanting.

In 1996, Gary Greenberg, in his The Bible Myth: the African Origins of the Jewish People, conjectured that the sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham is a rescript of the sacrifice Osiris by Set or something to this affect; a rewrite of the ritualistic act of the release of the ba (soul) of Osiris. [2] This argument, however, is lacking in logic.

In 2005, Robert Clark, in his An Order Outside Time: a Jungian View of the Higher Self from Egypt to Christ (Ѻ), attempted to connect Isaac to either Horus or Shu, loosely, but the argument is lacking.

In c.455BC, Empedocles, in his Fragment 137, describes a strange father slaughtering a son, who has “changed his form”, motif as follows: [1]

“A father lifts up his dear son, who has changed his form, and prays and slaughters him, in great folly, and they are at a loss as they sacrifice the suppliant. But he, on the other hand, deaf to the rebukes, sacrificed him in his halls, and prepared himself an evil meal. In the same way, a son seized his father and the children their mother, and tearing out their life-breath devour their own dear flesh.”

Connected commentary on this is as follows:

“In reference to Fragment 137, in historical times, such sacrifices were no longer practiced; the passage probably reflects ancient customs as does the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac.”
Plinio Prioreschi (1996), A History of Medicine: Greek Medicine (pg. 86)

These two independent rescripts, i.e. Empedocles and Genesis, of the same motif, shows that there must be one original astro-theological model that both are based on; the specifics of this, however, are wanting.

1. Empedocles. (435BC). The Poem of Empedocles: a Text and Translation with an Introduction (editor: Brad Inwood) (pg. 261). University of Toronto Press, 1992.
2. Greenberg, Gary. (1996). The Bible Myth: the African Origins of the Jewish People (formerly published as The Moses Mystery) (section: "The Osirian Iconography in Isaac's Sacrifice", pgs. 245-46). Citadel Press.

External links
Binding of Isaac – Wikipedia.

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