Abraham, formerly Abram, was the first of the biblical patriarchs the nation of Israel. He was born in Ur to Terah but eventually settled in Canaan. His brothers were Nahor and Haran. He married Sarah, formerly Sarai, but she did not give him children. In her despair she have her Egyptian handmaiden, Hagar, so that he may have a child by her. Hagar bore Abraham a son they named Ishmael who would become the father of the Arab people. Finally God blessed Sarah and she bore Abraham a son they named Isaac who would be the father of Jacob (Israel).