About sarah in the bible

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Sarah (Canaan, #1) by Marek Halter

Sarah’s story begins in the cradle of civilization: the Sumerian city-state of Ur, a land of desert heat, towering gardens, and immense wealth. The daughter of a powerful lord, Sarah balks at the marriage her father has planned for her. On her wedding day, she impulsively flees to the vast, empty marshes outside the city walls, where she meets a young man named Abram, son of a tribe of outsiders. Drawn to this exotic stranger, Sarah spends one night with him and reluctantly returns to her father’s house. But on her return, she secretly drinks a poisonous potion that will make her barren and thus unfit for marriage.

Many years later, Abram returns to Ur and discovers that the lost, rebellious girl from the marsh has been transformed into a splendid woman—the high priestess of the goddess Ishtar. But Sarah gives up her exalted life to join Abram’s tribe and follow the one true God, an invisible deity who speaks only to Abram. It is then that her journey truly begins.

From the great ziggurat of Ishtar to the fertile valleys of Canaan to the bedchamber of the mighty Pharaoh himself, Sarah’s story reveals an ancient world full of beauty, intrigue, and miracles.
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Sarah Part 1 (Genesis 11 & 12) - Women of the Bible Series (6) by Gail Mays

Meet Sarah in the Bible

While some discrepancies exist in how she is portrayed by the different faiths, Judaism , Christianity , and Islam all depict her character similarly, as that of a pious woman, renowned for her hospitality and beauty, the wife of Abraham , and the mother of Isaac. Sarah first appears in Bereshit , or the Book of Genesis, while the Midrash and Aggadah provide some additional commentary on her life and role within Judaism and its ancestral form, Yahwism. En route to Canaan, the group stopped in Harran , in present-day Turkey, settling there for some twenty years, until Yahweh urged them to move on and so, they left Terah behind, to live out his days, and traveled through Shechem and Bethel , both cities in the present-day West Bank , and, when a famine strikes the region, to Mizraim , present-day Egypt. While in Mizraim, Sarah's beauty attracts the attention of Pharaoh and Abraham, fearing the Egyptians would kill him if they knew Sarah were married to him, introduces himself as her brother and so, Pharaoh bestows upon Abraham great wealth, in the form of livestock and slaves , including Hagar , so that he may take Sarah as his concubine , to live in his palace with him. For Pharaoh's transgression against Abraham, though unintentional on his part, he and members of his household, save for Sarah, are stricken with plague, and, of his own deduction, realizes that Abraham is her husband, not only her brother. Despite Abraham's willful deceit of Pharaoh, Pharaoh does not punish Abraham nor does he require he return the wealth they were given in exchange for Sarah but he does order them to leave Mizraim.

Sarah is mentioned alongside Abraham in Isaiah Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you.
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Biblical Sarah

Sarah was childless until she was 90 years old. The barrenness of Sarah, cited in the preface Genesis , stands in tension with the central theme of the Abraham saga, the promise that God will make him the founder of a mighty nation. With respect to the fulfillment of the promise, Sarah embodies the themes of fear and doubt, Abraham those of faith and hope. Her doubt drives Sarah to devise her own way of realizing the promise—she gives Abraham her maidservant, Hagar , so that Hagar might bear a child for them. When the promise is repeated, Sarah expresses her doubt in sarcastic laughter Genesis

Sarah is the only woman in the Bible whose name was changed by God. Why did this name change occur? Sarah was blessed by God to become a royal princess. She would be a mother of nations to come. She would also be a mother of kings of peoples. Royal lineages would come from her. She would be the mother of the royal line of King David from which the Savior would come.

4 thoughts on “Sarah (Canaan, #1) by Marek Halter

  1. Here are five fast facts about Sarah that will provide an added depth the next time you read Genesis.

  2. Sarah, also spelled Sarai, in the Old Testament, wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac. God promised Abraham that she would be “a mother of nations” (Genesis ) and that she would conceive and bear a son, but Sarah did not believe. Isaac, born to Sarah and Abraham in their old.

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