This article contains a free Women of the Bible Study resource on the subject of Hagar. It provides facts, a biography and information about this famous woman of the Bible for bible study. There is also reference to where Hagar is mentioned in the Holy Bible.
Bible Dictionary Definition - Who was Hagar?
The definition and outline of Hagar is as follows: According to the Old Testament she was the Egyptian handmaiden of Sarah, wife of Abraham. At Sarah's suggestion, she became Abraham's second wife and mother of mother of Ishmael.
Abraham, Sarah and Hagar Bible Story
Biography, Facts and Information about Hagar
The following info provides a concise biography with facts and information about Hagar:
Sarah's handmaid (Genesis 16:1; 21:9,10), whom she gave to Abraham (q.v.) as a secondary wife (16:2). When she was about to become a mother she fled from the cruelty of her mistress, intending apparently to return to her relatives in Egypt, through the desert of Shur, which lay between. Wearied and worn she had reached the place she distinguished by the name of Beer-lahai-roi ("the well of the visible God"), where the angel of the Lord appeared to her. In obedience to the heavenly visitor she returned to the tent of Abraham, where her son Ishmael was born, and where she remained (16) till after the birth of Isaac, the space of fourteen years.
Sarah after this began to vent her dissatisfaction both on Hagar and her child. Ishmael's conduct was insulting to Sarah, and she insisted that he and his mother should be dismissed. This was accordingly done, although with reluctance on the part of Abraham (Genesis 21:14). They wandered out into the wilderness, where Ishmael, exhausted with his journey and faint from thirst, seemed about to die. Hagar "lifted up her voice and wept," and the angel of the Lord, as before, appeared unto her, and she was comforted and delivered out of her distresses (Genesis 21:18,19).
Ishmael afterwards established himself in the wilderness of Paran, where he married an Egyptian (Genesis 21:20,21).
"Hagar" allegorically represents the Jewish church (Galatians 4:24), in bondage to the ceremonial law; while "Sarah" represents the Christian church, which is free.
We have selected Hagar as one of the most important women from the Bible and provided a biography and character outline of this famous woman. Much of the information is taken from the classic reference books including Matthew George Easton "Easton's Bible Dictionary" and Ashley S Johnson "Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia".
Hagar - A Free Christian Bible Study Resource
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