- "You tell me of Abraham's sacrifice. The Akeda, the story of a cruel and merciless God who designed a cruel and merciless world. Who could worship a deity who commands a man to sacrifice his own son? Those days have come to an end. The true lesson of the story comes not from Abraham, but from Isaac. The chasm between father and son was never bridged. They never spoke again. And justly so! For any man willing to sacrifice his child... should die. As should any god!"
- —Jeremy Crane
"The Akeda" is the eleventh episode of Season Two of Fox's Sleepy Hollow. It was written by Mark Goffman and directed by Dwight Little. It is the twenty-fourth episode of the series overall, and debuted on December 1, 2014.
Unforeseen sacrifices must be made and loyalties are put to the ultimate test in the fight against evil.
Ichabod and Abbie travel to Fredericks Manor in an effort to face Moloch and stop the apocalypse, but are faced with Abraham who is about to perform a binding ritual on Katrina. Ichabod engages him in battle with the sword and is able to overpower him, but hesitates in killing him when he learns that the Sword of Methuselah consumes the soul of the wielder when used to kill. Believing that Irving may be the only person capable of wielding the blade as Henry owns his soul, with Jenny's help they are able to track him down and enlist his help. The group learns that with each of the four trees Moloch burns, the closer he becomes to merging Purgatory with the real world to bring hell on earth. Faced with an army of demons summoned by Moloch, Abbie is injured during the battle and is carried away by Jenny. Irving meanwhile engages the Horseman of War and destroys his armor, but is fatally wounded during the battle and dies. At the church, Abbie is distraught by Irving's death and vows to kill Moloch with the sword at any cost, and tells the group that if she should fall they will take up the task. Moloch decides to send Henry to recover the sword, but he is concerned that he may die as his armor was destroyed. The group trick Henry when he arrives, but he overpowers them and takes the sword and brings them before Moloch, Henry uses the sword to kill Moloch after he is told to kill Katrina.
- In Japan, this episode is known as The Beginning of the End (終末の始まり Shuumatsu no Hajimari). It refers to the apocalypse being initiated in Sleepy Hollow by Moloch.
- The US title "The Akeda" refers to the ritualistic sacrifice in which Abraham was ordered by God to sacrifice his son, Isaac. In-universe, the concept of "The Akeda" is the core of the episode which led to tables being turned.
- "Akeda" is the Hebrew word used to describe the Sacrifice of Isaac told in the Book of Genesis.
- The Bible also mentions child sacrifice when warning against Moloch.
- When Abbie and Ichabod save Katrina from Horseman of Death and his binding ritual. Ichabod cuts the Horseman's Axe in half with the Sword of Methuselah and manages to corner the Horseman. Still after Abbie frees Katrina from the bindings and they join Ichabod who is holding the sword on the Horseman, his axe can be seen on the ground in one piece even if it was cut in half earlier.