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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Isaac 
  n  :  the  second  Old  Testament  patriarch;  son  of  Abraham  and 
  Sarah;  father  of  Jacob  and  Esau  [syn:  {Isaac}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Isaac 
  laughter.  (1)  Israel,  or  the  kingdom  of  the  ten  tribes  (Amos 
  7:9,  16). 
 
  (2.)  The  only  son  of  Abraham  by  Sarah.  He  was  the  longest 
  lived  of  the  three  patriarchs  (Gen.  21:1-3).  He  was  circumcised 
  when  eight  days  old  (4-7);  and  when  he  was  probably  two  years 
  old  a  great  feast  was  held  in  connection  with  his  being  weaned. 
 
  The  next  memorable  event  in  his  life  is  that  connected  with 
  the  command  of  God  given  to  Abraham  to  offer  him  up  as  a 
  sacrifice  on  a  mountain  in  the  land  of  Moriah  (Gen.  22).  (See  {ABRAHAM}.)  When  he  was  forty  years  of  age  Rebekah  was 
  chosen  for  his  wife  (Gen.  24).  After  the  death  and  burial  of  his 
  father  he  took  up  his  residence  at  Beer-lahai-roi  (25:7-11), 
  where  his  two  sons,  Esau  and  Jacob,  were  born  (21-26),  the 
  former  of  whom  seems  to  have  been  his  favourite  son  (27,28). 
 
  In  consequence  of  a  famine  (Gen.  26:1)  Isaac  went  to  Gerar, 
  where  he  practised  deception  as  to  his  relation  to  Rebekah, 
  imitating  the  conduct  of  his  father  in  Egypt  (12:12-20)  and  in 
  Gerar  (20:2).  The  Philistine  king  rebuked  him  for  his 
  prevarication. 
 
  After  sojourning  for  some  time  in  the  land  of  the  Philistines, 
  he  returned  to  Beersheba,  where  God  gave  him  fresh  assurance  of 
  covenant  blessing,  and  where  Abimelech  entered  into  a  covenant 
  of  peace  with  him 
 
  The  next  chief  event  in  his  life  was  the  blessing  of  his  sons 
  (Gen.  27:1).  He  died  at  Mamre,  "being  old  and  full  of  days" 
  (35:27-29),  one  hundred  and  eighty  years  old  and  was  buried  in 
  the  cave  of  Machpelah. 
 
  In  the  New  Testament  reference  is  made  to  his  having  been 
  "offered  up"  by  his  father  (Heb.  11:17;  James  2:21),  and  to  his 
  blessing  his  sons  (Heb.  11:20).  As  the  child  of  promise,  he  is 
  contrasted  with  Ishmael  (Rom.  9:7,  10;  Gal.  4:28;  Heb.  11:18). 
 
  Isaac  is  "at  once  a  counterpart  of  his  father  in  simple 
  devoutness  and  purity  of  life,  and  a  contrast  in  his  passive 
  weakness  of  character,  which  in  part  at  least,  may  have  sprung 
  from  his  relations  to  his  mother  and  wife.  After  the  expulsion 
  of  Ishmael  and  Hagar,  Isaac  had  no  competitor,  and  grew  up  in 
  the  shade  of  Sarah's  tent,  moulded  into  feminine  softness  by 
  habitual  submission  to  her  strong,  loving  will."  His  life  was  so 
  quiet  and  uneventful  that  it  was  spent  "within  the  circle  of  a 
  few  miles;  so  guileless  that  he  let  Jacob  overreach  him  rather 
  than  disbelieve  his  assurance;  so  tender  that  his  mother's  death 
  was  the  poignant  sorrow  of  years;  so  patient  and  gentle  that 
  peace  with  his  neighbours  was  dearer  than  even  such  a  coveted 
  possession  as  a  well  of  living  water  dug  by  his  own  men;  so 
  grandly  obedient  that  he  put  his  life  at  his  father's  disposal; 
  so  firm  in  his  reliance  on  God  that  his  greatest  concern  through 
  life  was  to  honour  the  divine  promise  given  to  his  race.", 
  Geikie's  Hours,  etc 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Isaac,  laughter 
 




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