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Restless Dawn

25 minutes / 2 characters

In Genesis 22 God commands Abraham:

Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, "Abraham!" "Here I am," he replied. Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about."

Now, if you were Abraham and had waited more than 100 years for your first son, would you roll over and go back to sleep after hearing that? Restless Dawn is based on the premise that even allowing for Abraham's profound faith in God's promise, this command would have been most disturbing.

Obedience; Faith; God's promises


No props are necessary except the one article belonging to Isaac. However, props and set can be incorporated at the Director's discretion.

Remember, Abraham is not Jewish; he is Chaldean. His apparel would not be the flowing loose robes commonly depicted, but a Babylonian style, with cleaner lines, and normally worn off one shoulder. He would not have a full, bushy beard, but one neatly trimmed, almost squared off, and probably without a mustache. He might even be wearing a hat, which would look very much a modern stocking cap.

Sarah, when she enters, has been sleeping, so would not be in normal day-wear. A simple shift, similar in design to Abraham's clothing (off one shoulder) would suffice. A thin shawl for her shoulders would be appropriate. Remember, though nomadic and living in tents, Abraham and Sarah are not poor. Their clothing should reflect their great wealth.

An excellent source for pictures of Chaldean costumes is National Geographic, December 1966 issue.

Restless Dawn Abraham Abram Sarah Sarai Isaac Ishmael Lot Sodom Destruction Belief Faith Obedience Sacrifice Moriah Sleep Dreams Visions

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by Dr. Radut.