Abraham lived in the city Ur in the land of the Chaldees before he departed for Canaan, together with his father, his wife Sarah and his nephew Lot.
In Canaan he built an altar. After a while the company moved on to Egypt because of a drought. When they returned, Abraham's and Lot's paths split.
Sarah was barren. At the age of 86 Abraham made a child with his maid Hagar: Ismael. Thirteen years on, Sarah miraculously became pregnant of another son, Isaac.
God tested Abraham's trust by commanding him to sacrifice Isaac. An angel intervened when Abraham had already raised his knife.
Related works of art: