This name derives from the Hebrew “ʾAḇrāhām > Avraham”, meaning “High Father, Father of a multitude, many nations”. Abraham was the Biblical patriarch and the father of the Abrahamic Religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In Judaism, Abraham is the founding father of the Covenant, the special relationship between the Jewish people and God. In Jewish tradition, Abraham is called Avraham Avinu, "our father Abraham," signifying that he is both the biological progenitor of the Jews (including converts, according to Jewish tradition) and the father of Judaism, the first Jew. Abraham (Abram) does not loom so large in Christianity as he does in Judaism and Islam – it is Jesus as the Messiah who is central to Christianity, and the idea of a divine Christ is what separates Christianity from the other two religions. Islamic traditions consider Ibrāhīm (Abraham) the first Pioneer of Islam and that his purpose and mission throughout his life was to proclaim the Oneness of God.
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