Sarah (Canaan, #1) by Marek HalterSarah’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.
Sarah In The Bible – Character Profile And Life Story
Genesis contains the greatest concentration of female figures in the Bible 32 named and 46 unnamed women. The fact that Genesis consists of a series of family stories including several genealogies accounts for the remarkable concentration of female figures. These stories are generally understood by scholars as legends, but that does not sever their link with history. The families depicted in Genesis may or may not represent actual people, but these literary portraits are valuable sources for understanding the general social and cultural world that produced them. And clues from the larger realm of ancient Near Eastern history can help us understand biblical characters. Sarah abuses Hagar, and Hagar flees. Hagar comes across a spring, where an angel of God appears to her.
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.
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.