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Although in the Bible the son is clearly identified as Isaac, in the Qur’an’s pithy version of the near-sacrifice, he remains unnamed because his identity is insignificant. In the Qur’an, the near-sacrifice story is a straightforward lesson in faith: God commands the near-sacrifice; Abraham, with his son’s encouragement, complies. It doesn’t matter which son: They are both model Muslims who hear God and immediately obey.
In Genesis, however, the son’s identity is critical to the message. Bible readers fear that if Isaac is killed, God’s covenant with Israel will die with him.