The Woman Who Named God: Abrahams Dilemma and the Birth of Three Faiths by Charlotte GordonThe saga of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar is the tale of origin for all three monotheistic faiths. Abraham must choose between two wives who have borne him two sons. One wife and son will share in his wealth and status, while the other two are exiled into the desert. Long a cornerstone of Western anxiety, the story chronicles a very famous and troubled family, and sheds light on the ongoing conflict between the Judeo-Christian and Islamic worlds.
How did this ancient story become one of the least understood and most frequently misinterpreted of our cultural myths? Gordon explores this legendary love triangle to give us a startling perspective on three biblical characters who--with their jealousies, passions, and doubts--actually behave like human beings.
THE WOMAN WHO NAMED GOD is a compelling, smart, and provocative take on one of the Bibles most intriguing and troubling love stories.
Sarah, Hagar, and Abraham
Hagar was an Egyptian slave girl in the tribe of Abraham. She belonged to Sarah, the top woman. Hagar became pregnant, and God promised that her child would be the ancestor of a great nation. She bore a son, Ishmael. See Genesis
The product of the union was Abraham's firstborn, Ishmael , the progenitor of the Ishmaelites. Various commentators have connected her to the Hagrites , perhaps as their eponymous ancestor. The name Hagar originates from the Book of Genesis; she is acknowledged in all Abrahamic religions. Hagar is alluded to in the Quran , and Islam considers her Abraham's second wife. This is a summary of the account of Hagar from Genesis 16 and
Now Sarai, Abram's wife, bore him no children. She had an Egyptian slave-girl whose name was Hagar, and Sarai said to Abram, "You see that the Lord has prevented me from bearing children; go in to my slave-girl; it may be that I shall obtain children by her. So, after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram's wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her slave-girl, and gave her to her husband Abram as a wife. He went in to Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked with contempt on her mistress. Then Sarai said to Abram, "May the wrong done to me be on you! I gave my slave-girl to your embrace, and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked down on me with contempt. May the Lord judge between you and me!
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Adding to the mystery, the mishnah lists a different Torah reading for today, one which mentions the calendar cycle including the holiday of Rosh Hashanah. The rabbis believed there were critical messages we needed to hear from these stories as we begin and celebrate our new year, a holiday dedicated to the celebration of the birth of the world and humanity, as well as in our yearly cycle of reading the Torah. What messages and lessons should we learn from this cautionary tale? Let us focus in on a part of our Torah portion, Genesis , paying. A few notes of introduction. Our story begins with a blended family after Sarah instructed Abraham to take her longtime handmaid Hagar as a second wife and have a child with her.