John 8:58 (ESV) Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”

The Jews and religious leaders are starting to challenge Jesus.  They back up their challenge by citing Abraham as the father of their race. Even today, Abraham is a central figure in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths. In 2020, the US tried to work out a treaty between the Arab countries and Israel.  They called it the Abraham Accords. Great name because in a religious sense the US, Israel, and the Arab states all consider themselves children of Abraham. This is evident when the people and religious leaders respond to Jesus as HE makes claims about HIS deity.