The First Hebrew


Why does Genesis 14 call Abram “Abram the Hebrew”? Wasn’t he the first Hebrew? Why was he identified with the “Hebrews” when there wasn’t really a Hebrew people yet, he was the only one?


Abram was the first person in the Bible to be called a Hebrew (Genesis 14:13). It was shortly after God had called Abram (Genesis 12:1-3) promising to make him into a great nation, and before the Lord changed his name to Abraham (Genesis 17:5). So Abram was the first of the Hebrew people. His descendants became the nation we call Israel.