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Hebrew patriarch and progenitor of the twelve tribes of Israel (c. 2100–1700 B.C.), an embodiment of the Ascended Master El Morya. Jews, Christians and Moslems accord him the place in history as the first to worship the one true God. In the biblical account of his life, he is originally referred to as Abram (meaning “the father, or my father, is exalted”) and is later named by God Abraham. Traditionally taken to mean “father of a multitude of nations” from the passage in Genesis 17:5, Abraham is currently thought to be a dialectic variant of Abram.