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Greetings! I have a couple of questions concerning the Torah that I hope to find good answers with regards to Genesis and Exodus related events.

Greetings to you all!

I’ve come here as I’ve got two questions when it comes to the Torah which I really hope you could help assist in responding adequately too by giving me a solid Jewish perspective in response to them.

The two questions I have are pertaining to the books of Genesis and Exodus.


The first question is 1.) What is meant by Abraham’s “only son” in Genesis 22:2, 22:12, 22:16 when we are reading the story of Abraham and the sacrifice of his son Isaac?

The reason I am asking the above question is I can not see how the “only son” here could logically be Isaac عليه السلام as we know Ishmael عليه السلام is 14 years older than Isaac عليه السلام according to Genesis itself as is understood as such when one reads both Genesis 16:16 & 21:5.

And so from the aforementioned, I do not understand how the “only son” here could not be anyone other than Ishmael عليه السلام unless I am understanding it’s usage here wrongly meaning that it pertains to anything other then what a layperson like myself would understand the words “only son” as meaning.


The second question is 2.) If Aaron sinned against G-D by making a golden calf that his people worshipped, why was his name not “erased” from G-D’s book as G-D says he will do to the sinners relating to the calf incident in Exodus 32:33?

The reason I ask the above is that it reads in Exodus 32:33:

לגוַיֹּ֥אמֶר יְהֹוָ֖ה אֶל־משֶׁ֑ה מִ֚י אֲשֶׁ֣ר חָֽטָא־לִ֔י אֶמְחֶ֖נּוּ מִסִּפְרִֽי

And the Lord said to Moses: “Whoever has sinned against Me, him I will erase from My book!”

[Exodus 32:33]

And because once more, a lay understanding of “My book” here I understood as a reference to the Torah which would not make sense because Aaron’s عليه السلام name is throughout it but if it did not talk about the Torah and the name of those sinners not being mentioned in it, then what is the Lord’s book and what does it mean to be erased from it?

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