What is "the fire" that Abraham took in his hand to Mount Moriah?

Genesis 22: 6-7 says, 6  And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together. 
7  And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? 

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
As noted on the biblehub.com website for the cited verses, Strong's concordance indicates that the Hebrew word in question (anglicized as "esh") occurs 377 times in the Old Testament. Sometimes, the word is used to describe actual fire, such as that rained down by God upon Sodom and Gomorrah. In at least some of those instances, the word is translated into English as "a flaming" or "a burning", with the word "torch" or "lamp" understood. So it would appear that the verses are referring to a source of ignition for the wood that Isaac was carrying, in order to light the fire that was to consume the sacrificial offering that Abraham was to make to God.

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