At a glance:
- Type of Work: Drama
- Type of Plot: Mystery play
- Setting: Beersheba
- Characters: Abraham, Isaac, Deus, Angelus, The Doctor
- Genres: Drama, Mystery play
- Subjects: Parents and children, Religion, God, Fathers, Fratricide, parricide, or filicide, Bible, biblical imagery, or biblical symbolism, Biblical times, Sacrifice, Angels
- Locales: Beersheba
Abraham, offering a prayer of thanksgiving to God, counts his blessings—his land, his peaceful life, his children—and tells of his delight in his favorite child, Isaac. He stands praying in a field near his home in Beersheba. After the prayer, he calls to Isaac to return to their home.
God, in Heaven, summons an angel and tells him that he intends to test Abraham’s steadfastness by asking him to sacrifice Isaac, and he orders the angel to announce his wish to Abraham. Meanwhile, Abraham prays again, asking God what gift or offering might please him most....
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