For other people of this name, see Isaac (disambiguation).
Sacrifice of Isaac by Caravaggio
Isaac (/ˈaɪzək/;Hebrew: יִצְחָק, Modern Yitskhak Tiberian Yiṣḥāq, ISO 259-3 Yiçḥaq, “he will laugh”; Yiddish: יצחק, Yitskhok; Greek: Ἰσαάκ Isaak; Latin: Isaac; Arabic: إسحاق or إسحٰق[a]ʼIsḥāq) as described in the Hebrew Bible and the Qur’an, was the only son Abraham had with his wife Sarah, and was the father of Jacob and Esau. Isaac was one of the three patriarchs of the Israelites. According to the Book of Genesis, Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born, and Sarah was beyond childbearing years.
Isaac was the only biblical patriarch whose name was not changed, and the only one who did not leave Canaan. Compared to those of Abraham and Jacob, Isaac’s story relates fewer incidents of his life. He died when he was 180 years old, making him the longest-lived patriarch.
For other uses, see Ishmael (disambiguation).
“Ismail” redirects here. For the figure’s role in Islam, see Ishmael in Islam. For other uses, see Ismail (disambiguation).
A depiction of Hagar and Ishmael in the desert by François-Joseph Navez
Prophet, Patriarch, Father of the Arabs, Constructor of the Kaaba, Apostle to Arabia
Honored in Islam
Ishmael (Hebrew: יִשְׁמָעֵאל, Modern Yishma’el Tiberian Yišmāʻēl ISO 259-3 Yišmaˁel; Greek: Ισμαήλ Ismaēl; Latin: Ismael; Arabic: إسماعيل ʾIsmāʿīl) is a figure in the Hebrew Bible and the Qur’an, and was Abraham’s first son according to Jews, Christians and Muslims. Ishmael was born of Abraham’s marriage to Sarah’s handmaiden Hagar (Genesis 16:3). According to the Genesis account, he died at the age of 137 (Genesis 25:17).