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Q: Did Abraham have just one son?
A: Some have said the Bible must be in error when Abraham was told to sacrifice his son, because Scripture says it was his only son, Isaac, but that could not be true because of Isaac's older brother, Ishmael.
However, Hebrews 11:17 qualifies the "only son" concept for us. Isaac was the only begotten (i.e., unique, special) son of Abraham. Isaac was indeed unique and special in that he was the promised son through whom Jesus Christ, the Messiah, would come.
Similarly, Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, even though others are called the sons of God (such as Adam in Luke 3:38 and Christians in Galatians 3:26). Jesus is the only unique and special Son of God—God who became a man.
Additionally, the Hebrew word for "only" doesn't mean exactly what our English translation often conveys.
Continue reading to find out more as Bodie Hodge (AiG–U.S.) describes his discussion with a skeptic about this topic and its biblical solution.
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