It is not possible to tell the story of Abraham’s descendants without taking note of how God’s plan unfolded in the lives of Sarah and Hagar. The best laid plans and the unexpected converge as these two women respond to God’s promises.
In thirty-one provocative and evocative poems Jim Rapp traces the intertwined lives of the ancient Hebrew patriarch, Abraham, his half-sister wife, Sarah, and his concubine, Hagar. Using a combination of imaginary and Biblical scenes the poems trace a romance that begins with the birth of Sarai (Sarah) and ends with the death of Abraham. The poems take seriously the faith of Abram/Abraham as he follows the calling of Yahweh God into a land he is promised as the inheritance of his offspring but which he will never - with the exception of a burial plot - possess. Conflict informs the themes for many of the poems; conflict between Abram and Sarai as they wait for the fulfillment of Yahweh's promise of an inheritor-son; conflict between Sarai and Hagar as Hagar seems to move into the position of favored wife; conflict between Ishmael and Isaac as they are thrust into a competition with implications that continue to ripple though the Middle East today; conflict between Yahweh and all of the characters in the story as they attempt to navigate the tangled relationships recorded in the pages of Genesis. The story of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar, filled with the pathos of human frailty, illustrates the never ending struggle of all humanity to faithfully walk in the paths their feet are given to trod. Every reader is likely to see his or her own sandal-prints alongside those in the ancient sands of Canaan.
This intriguing fictional story takes the reader back centuries ago to a meeting between two of the world's most important and yet largely unknown women. Sarah, the wife of Abraham and the mother of Isaac who was the father of the Jews, meets with Hagar, the maidservant who bore Abraham's son Ishmael, the father of the Arabs. The animosity, resentment, hatred, and bitterness that still continue today finally end in this short story. How to resolve conflicts and have peaceful relationships is an added bonus at the end of this book. You, too, can have a change of hearts with others in your life! Written by the co-owner of The Peace Rug Company, Inc., Carol Sutton Lumpkin, Ms. Lumpkin uses portions from the Old Testament as well as The Peace Rug to capture one's imagination of what might have been-and what could be today.
Biblical women who are given only a few lines in the Bible, who are named only as the wife or sister or child of a man, can nonetheless play pivotal roles and cast long shadows. This volume brings together scholars, writers and art historians, who probe texts and trace reception history in exegesis, midrash, literature and the visual arts as they breathe life again into these biblical characters. CONTENTS J. Cheryl Exum, Hagar en procès: The Abject in Search of Subjectivity Ena Giurescu Heller, Bibles, Midrashim and Medieval Tales: The Artistic Journey of Potiphar's Wife Esther Schor, Saviors and Liars: The Midwives of Exodus 1 Jacqueline Osherow, Brides of Blood: Women at the Outset of Exodus Peter S. Hawkins, God's Trophy Whore: Rahab of Jericho Ken Stone, How a Woman Unmans a King: Gender Reversal and the Woman of Thebez in Judges 9 Susanna Bede Caroselli, The Dissemination of Jephthah's Daughter Katheryn Pfisterer Darr, Asking at Abel: A Wise Woman's Performance in 2 Samuel 20 Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg, From Biblical Blanket to Post-biblical Blank Slate: The Lives and Times of Abishag the Shunammite Jay Twomey, Is Naomi a Liberal Pluralist? The Politics of Loss and Redemption in Jonathan Edwards's Sermon, 'Ruth's Resolution' Martien A. Halvorson-Taylor, The Strange Case of the Disappearing Woman: Biblical Resonances in Kafka's Fräulein Bürstner Erin Runions, Ms Job and the Problem of God: A Feminist, Existentialist, Materialist Reading
Letting the Other Speak helps pastors, Christian educators, professors, and theological students bring the stories of six controversial biblical women to congregations by surveying historical and contemporary exegetical work on each passage, modeling exegeting a congregation in preparation for moving from text to sermon, and providing two sample sermons, one prophetic and one pastoral, for each text.
s story faithfully follows the Biblical account of Abraham as he first received and then sought to carry out the covenant made directly with God,with between-the-lines details from the author's imagination. Sometimes the beautiful Sarah did not understand her husband's special Relationship with Yahweh, Jehovah God, and at other times she grew impatient with both Abraham and his God. Like the time she despaired of having a child and devised a plan that would make her a mother. She owned a servant girl, Hagar, and reasoned in her mind that since Hagar was hers, then any child Hagar might bear would also be hers. If Abraham were the father, then she and Abraham would have an heir. Hagar did bear a son, Ishmael, and with time God fulfilled His promise to Sarah and also gave her a son, Isaac. Her resentment of Hagar's son became so intense that the child and his mother were turned out to survive as they might. Isaac inherited the covenant blessing from his father to build a strong Jewish nation but God raised up Ishmael to be equally great and become the father of the Arab nation. This book relates of the beginnings of two faiths and how God must have planned it this way all the time.
"In this fascinating piece of detective work, biblical scholar Savina J. Teubal peels away millennia of patriarchal distortion to reveal the lost world of great independent women at the dawn of western civilization."--Cover, p. .
The goal of this anthology is to collect key samples of Lindbeck's enterprise, especially for readers who may know none or only a few of his books and articles. The samples may, for some, speak for themselves. For others, the editor has provided a brief preface to each selection to help readers unfamiliar with Lindbeck understand what is at stake. Buckley's aim is to suggest how Lindbeck's Christian theology of "the Church in a postliberal age" can be read as a "radical tradition". By characterizing Lindbeck's Christian theology as at once evangelical, catholic and postliberal, we are able to understand what describing this theology as a radical tradition might mean as well as locate some of his critics. This volume provides a useful introduction to all those interested in Lindbeck's thought as well as to the significant debates surrounding postliberalism.
How Their Intertwined Relationships of Love, Incest, Slavery, Adultery, Jealousy, Hate and Abuse Still Cause Our World Misery, and how Abraham Yet Beckons His Jewish, Christian and Muslim Children Back to His Tent, and to the One God of Creation
Author: Don Chapman
'The Greatest Love Triangle Story Ever Told: Abraham, Sarah and Hagar' is a historical novel based on the early Genesis story of Abraham, who through his wife Sarah would become father of the Jews and by extension Christians, and through Sarah's Nubian slave girl Hagar, father of Muslims. The dysfunction of their family continues to impact our daily headlines on a daily basis. The author, an award-winning journalist and author of three non-fiction books and six novels published in serialized form, set out to discover the Abraham who is neither Jew nor Christian nor Muslim, for historically and personally he could be none of those. Mr. Chapman tells this ancient story in a contemporary and often humorous way. Combining elements of historical research, Middle Eastern travelogue, romance novel (soft porn, some might say) and theological commentary, the book follows Abraham's quest to find and worship the one god of creation at a time and a place where 97 major gods were worshiped. Abraham is introduced in the opening chapters at age 8, apprenticing in his famous father Terach's stone idol business, learning to carve each of those 97 major gods, and his first flirtations with the idea of one god, with a help pf a pretty weird angel. Ensuing chapters show Abraham as a young adult, becoming one of the leading traders throughout the region, and growing in wealth.With the empire of Queen Shebad of Ur threatened by an Aryan invasion from the north and unrest in Ur's colonies in modern day Iraq, and having defeated the first wave of Aryans (though befriending an Aryan bard named Stan who is also in communication with the one god and that oddball angel), Abraham leaves the trail, marries his half-sister Sarah and settles into the good life of gentleman winemaker. Alas, despite his god's promise to make his children as numerous as the grains of sand, Sarah cannot conceive -- an embarrassment at a time (so soon after the world was nearly destroyed by flood and fire and brimstone) when fertility was valued above all else. With the empire on the verge of collapse, following this god's command Abraham leaves the fabulous city of Ur in southern Iraq and travels north to Canaan, which this god says he will give to Abraham's people in perpetuity. But Sheik Abraham and his hundreds of people and animals are not welcomed by its current inhabitants, and when drought begins to devastate the region, they head to Egypt. Fearing for his life, at the border Abraham tells Egyptian soldiers of the Babe Brigade -- whose job is to find the finest women for the horndog pharaohs -- and one of the paraohs marries Sarah, setting off a terrible plague. The pharaohs give Sarah a wedding gift of a slave, the recently captured Nubian princess Hagar. When they are all cast out of Egypt, they return to Canaan, settle among the Mammorites, Abraham again becoming a famous winemaker with fertile fields of crops an animals, Sarah and Hagar developing a close and intimate friendship. But still Sarah has not given Abraham children, so she conceives a plan to use Hagar as a surrogate mother. Once the former Nubian princess has conceived, however, and feeling the true affection of Abraham, she refuses to give the child up, and great conflict comes to Abraham's tent. Eventually Sarah gives Abraham a son, but the enmity between Hagar and Sarah will divide his tent, and continue to impact the world 4,000 years later.On his death bed, Abraham spells out his simple but heartfelt belief in the one god of creation who needs to other prophet.
Modern Lessons from the Wisdom & Stories of Biblical Women
Author: Vanessa L. Ochs
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
The legends of biblical matriarchs are revealed as inspiring role models for women today, each story accompanied by real-life rituals that the readers can perform to gain insight into such topics as finding inner wisdom and being a good friend. 25,000 first printing.
A splendid exploration of faith against great odds and love that endures years of disappointment. Abraham and Sarah is a masterful historical drama from the moment that Abraham strides into the pagan temple to rescue Sarah. The couple sets out in search of the blessings God had promised: abundant fertile land and decedents more plentiful than the stars. But years of wandering bring the couple to Egypt, where once again Abraham convinces Sarah that as sister and brother surely they will pass safely through the territory. But Pharaoh takes Sarah into his harem, where she befriends Pharaoh’s daughter, Hagar. Together the three are ordered to leave. Years of barrenness have embittered Sarah, and she hatches a plan: Hagar must become the vessel for the child God has promised. Ishmael is born to Hagar, and jealousy is born in Sarah’s heart. But God had a plan and He was right all along. This miracle unfolds with historical authenticity, leaving the reader with a better understanding of the ancient world and the life-changing faith of Abraham and Sarah.
Abraham turns to an Egyptian slave named Hagar when his wife cannot give him a son, and together they have a son, Ishmael. When his wife miraculously conceives, and their son Isaac is born, Abraham deserts Hagar and Ishmael. This is the story of Hagar's love and faith in Abraham's God--a faith that helped her endure with courage.