Noah is described as having "prayerfully exhorted His people and summoned them to the haven of security and peace" (Kitáb-i-Íqán, 7). Bahá'u'lláh also says that Noah "several times promised victory to his companions and fixed the hour thereof.
But when the hour struck, the divine promise was not fulfilled," which "caused a few among the small number of His followers to turn away from Him" (ibid, 7).
The history of the Jews actually starts in the prehistory of a people called the Semites.
Through Sarah He fathered Isaac, the legendary ancestor of the Israelites and of Jesus.
Through Hagar, Sarah's Egyptian maid, He had Ishmael, legendary father of the Arabs and ancestor to Muhammad and, therefore, of the Báb.
Few peoples can trace their history continuously over thirty-two centuries.
But even more remarkable is the fact that so much of the history of the Jews is embodied in one book- -the Hebrew Bible (it is not called the Old Testament by the Jews because it is their entire Bible).
There is a cycle of stories about each of these men and their families.
Some biblical scholars suggest that perhaps these stories initially were separate, and were brought together by making the men successive members of the same clan; but this is speculation. The term Israelites does not apply to them; it applies to the people of the Hebrew Bible who lived after the coming of Moses.The Book of Hebrews in the New Testament sees Abraham as the archetype of true faith, because of His willingness to sacrifice His son at God's command.Muslims view Abraham as the first Muslim and emphasize His defense of monotheism in a completely polytheistic world. -53: Then Laban said to Jacob, "see this heap and the pillar, which I have set between you and me.They first emerge as a people separate from the other peoples of the Mediterranean world as a result of Moses and His teachings, which sharply distinguished them from their polytheistic neighbors.They conquered a land—Israel—and established a great empire, then declined in power and were vanquished.They attribute the first construction of the Kaaba in Mecca to Him and His son, Ishmael. Finally, in consequence of His exile the whole of Europe and most of Asia came under the protecting power of the God of Israel. This suggests that the Patriarchs worshipped God under various attributes. This heap is a witness, and the pillar is a witness, that I will not pass over this heap to you, and you will not pass over this heap and pillar to me, for harm.