In Isaac, a child of promise, the long-awaited heir of his great father, Abraham, one might expect to find a character of outstanding import in the steady development of the Hebrew people toward a higher concept of Deity; but, actually, relatively little is recorded concerning him. He seems to have languished, as have many men, in the shadow of an intensely forceful and distinguished parent, while Isaac's own son, Jacob, in due course won the name of Israel, one later proudly borne by the chosen people.
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