An interdisciplinary, interfaith look at the Binding of Isaac story in Visual Art, Literature, and Music


The Binding of Isaac is one of the most emotionally heart-wrenching stories in both the Hebrew Scriptures (Genesis 22) and the Qur’an (37:99-113). In this tale, Abraham, the patriarch of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, prepares to sacrifice his favorite son to show his devotion to God.

In the thousands of years since it was written, this story has generated awe, controversy, and artistic expression. It prompts questions about the nature of faith and highlights the shared history between the three major monotheistic religions. 

Through discussions, multi-media presentations, and a concert, Dr. Isaacson demonstrates how various artists, writers and composers have chosen to interpret this story, not only from a religious perspective, but also as commentary on contemporary political and social issues.