Judith 8:26


25 In spite of everything let us give thanks to the Lord our God, who is putting us to the test as he did our ancestors. 26 Remember what he did with Abraham, and how he tested Isaac, and what happened to Jacob in Syrian Mesopotamia, while he was tending the sheep of Laban, his mother's brother. 27 For he has not tried us with fire, as he did them, to search their hearts, nor has he taken vengeance on us; but the Lord scourges those who are close to him in order to admonish them." 28 Then Uzziah said to her, "All that you have said was spoken out of a true heart, and there is no one who can deny your words.

1 Clement 31:2

First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians

1 Let us therefore cleave unto His blessing, and let us see what arthe ways of blessing. Let us study the records of the things that have happened from the beginning. 2 Wherefore was our father Abraham blessed? Was it not because he wrought righteousness and truth through faith. 3 Isaac with confidence, as knowing the future, was led a willing sacrifice. 4 Jacob with humility departed from his land because of his brothers and went unto Laban and served; and the twelve tribes of Israel wergiven unto him.

 Notes and References

"... Given the necessity of finding something praiseworthy concerning Isaac in the story, an interpreter might still come up with an indication, no matter how slight, that Isaac had consented to be sacrificed. And slight indication there was. After all, the text makes no mention of Isaac resisting or trying to flee. It simply says: 'When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood' (Genesis 22:9). Is not this silence eloquent? After all, Abraham is an old man—well over a hundred, his age at Isaac's birth (Genesis 21:5). We do not know how old Isaac is, but he is certainly old enough to ask the question that he asks about the sacrificial lamb, and old enough to carry the wood and the fire. Conceivably, then, such a boy or young man could not have been tied up by his aged father if he himself had struggled or attempted to flee. Thus, if Abraham was indeed able to go ahead as planned and offer Isaac as a sacrifice, could it have been in any way other than with Isaac's active cooperation? A number of sources go out of their way to suggest that Isaac was indeed a willing participant ..."

Kugel, James L. The Bible as it Was (pp. 174-175) Harvard University Press, 1998

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