There is no known birth date for Isaac, but it is believed he existed between 2000 B.C. and 1500 B.C?. The name Isaac in Hebrew (Yitzhak or Yitzchak) is a play on the words ?laughed? and ?laughter,? echoing Abraham?s and Sarah?s reaction to God?s announcement that they will have a child when they are very old? The near-sacrifice, or ?binding,? of Isaac is depicted in famous paintings by Andrea Mantegna (15th century); Peter Paul Rubens, Anton Van Dyck, and Rembrandt (17th century); and Marc Chagall (20th century)? Genesis reports Isaac?s death in Chapter 35, long after the rest of his story.
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