Genesis 22:9-10 (NLT)
9 When they arrived at the place where God had told Abraham to go, he built an altar and placed the wood on it. Then he tied Isaac up and laid him on the altar over the wood. 10 And Abraham took the knife and lifted it up to kill his son as a sacrifice to the LORD.
Scene 03 – Sacrifice
TIME OF DAY:
Scene 03 – Sacrifice – late morning
Scene 03 – Sacrifice – natural, sunlight. some glow from the fire in the pot.
Scene 03 – Sacrifice – Abraham, Isaac, ram in bush.
Geology underlying Jerusalem: Limestone, dolostone, marl. I have chosen to colour the rocks as limestone.
The land of Moriah is only mentioned twice in the Bible – in this Genesis event & in 2 Chronicles 3:1.
Various people have speculated where this land is. There appears to be no definitive agreement. A later writer (of 2 Chron. 3:1) applies the name of Moriah to the mount on which Solomon’s Temple was built, in Jerusalem.
“Abraham journeyed from the land of the Philistines, and on the 3rd day of the journey, he saw the place afar off (Genesis 22:4). This might suggest some prominent mountain farther North than Jerusalem. Jerusalem could not be seen “afar off” by one approaching either from the South or the West. The Samaritans lay the scene of sacrifice on MT. GERIZIM.
— International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
There were wooded hills around Jerusalem which would not have required the transport of firewood for the sacrifice, this fact suggests a location of Moriah somewhere other than Jerusalem.
Some writers suggest that Mount Gihon or Calvary is the mountain on which Isaac was nearly sacrificed.
For the purposes of my cartoon, I have taken the name Moriah to mean Jerusalem. I the time of Abraham have assumed that the area was heavily wooded 7 that no village or town as yet existed where present day Jerusalem is built.
I used Google Earth to provide a scene for the background. 31 deg 46’ 38.39” N 35 deg 14’ 05.44” E Looking SSW. In the background you can see the Dead Sea, which is about 15 miles away & the mountains of modern-day Jordan behind that.
I have given Abraham a flint knife, as he lived (born 2160 b.c.) at the end of the Early Bronze Age (3,000-2,000 b.c.) I thought it might show greater antiquity if he used a flint knife.
Plants in cartoon:
Tree on left = Parkinsonia aculeata, “Jerusalem thorn” has many yellow flowers, which bloom at any time of year, but especially in spring & summer.
Ram bush = Calicotome villosa, “Spiny broom”. Flowers in Jan-Mar.
wild flowers in foreground = Cistus creticus, “Pink rockrose”. Flowers in Feb-May.
I have researched these plants & am reasonably confident that they could have been in & around the area (Jerusalem / Moriah) where Abraham & Isaac were!
Beer-sheba, where Abraham dwelt, is about forty-two miles south of Jerusalem.