DOMENICHINO (DOMENICO ZAMPIERI) "Abraham Leading Isaac to Sacrifice"((1602)

Abraham and Isaac

Abraham and Isaac, ca. 1635
     Workshop of Rembrandt van Rijn, Dutch 
(1606 - 1669) Oil on canvas
      61.83 (Kress Study Collection, K 1633)

  Introduction and summary of Abraham's life:

  Introduction and summary of Isaac's life:

A brief discussion of  "God's Covenant with Abram" (Gn 15):

A brief discussion of  "God's Test of Abraham" (Gn 22):
 Questions about Gn 22:

The lyrics to a song by Joan Baez called "Isaac & Abraham":

And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. 
And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
      Gn 21.1-2
     Quote from


Introduction to the story of Joseph:

Brief discussion of the story of Joseph (Genesis 37 and 39):

Study Questions
provided by Sister Heliena Krenn

  1. Gn 11.31-12.5: Study the map "Ancient World" and find the places mentioned in the story of Abram.

  2. Try to recall what you have learned in the study of world history about the ancient period of that part of the world. What   does history tell us about the culture & civilization of the time of Abram and his ancestors?

  3. The naming of Abraham and his wife (Gn 17.5; 17.15) is of symbolic importance (like the naming of Eve and the animals in the Garden of Eden). It shows how meaning is attached to names and how names often play a role in biblical narratives and in literature. What may it suggest when characters in literature are without names?

  4. Gn 15.18 tells us that God makes a 'Covenant' with Abram. The term means 'contract', 'agreement'. On what do God and the 'Chosen People' agree (see Gn 17.9)?

  5. Gn 22.1-19 is a wonderful dramatization of a test  which Abraham has to pass in order to become the greatest of the Hebrew Patriarchs. Compare it with the tests the heroes of Greek mythology have to pass. We can find similarities, but there are also drastic differences. Give examples; how do the differences show us the purpose of the Bible stories?

  6. Gn 39: Review the story of Phaedra and Hippolytus in Classical Mythology pp. 78, 79 and find similarities between the experiences of Joseph and Hippolytus. What are important differences and how do these differences reflect the purpose for which all Bible texts are written?

  TERMS, CONCEPTS, AND NAMES TO REMEMBER: patriarch, covenant, Chosen People, Abram-Abraham, Sarah,  Isaac, Joseph, Potiphar