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Abraham was a major figure in the Old Testament. He is considered the father of the Jewish people. The account of his life is found in the Book of Genesis, beginning in Chapter 11. In the New Testament Abraham is mentioned prominently as a man of faith and the apostle Paul uses him as an example of salvation by faith.
Abram came from the lineage of Shem, who came from Noah. Abraham was first called Abram. According to Genesis, God called Abram to faith and obedience, calling him to leave his home of Ur, and move to a land that He would show him. Abram, his wife Sarai (Sarah), and his extended clan then moved to the land of Canaan. In this land, God promised to bless him and make him a great nation (although Abraham was childless at the time). Trusting this promise, Abram journeyed down to Shechem, then to a spot between Bethel and Ai. He then moved to the oaks of Mamre in Hebron. The Bible tells us that Abraham trusted God, and God credited this to him as righteousness.