The purpose of this paper is to show that the various layers of meaning in Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling are embedded in a hidden, new Christian communication. I trace the traditional Christian understanding of the "sacrifice of Isaac," in which Isaac is the prefiguration of Jesus, and then argue that Kierkegaard departed from this traditional teaching to make Abraham the Christ-figure of the story. To Kierkegaard, Abraham is the true sacrifice of the story.
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- Religious studies