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Women Of The Bible – Lesson #4 – Hagar, Rebekah, Rachael and Leah, Bilhah and Zilpah


Scripture references:   Genesis 16:18, 15, 16; 21:917; 25:12; Galatians 4:24-25

Date:  About 2075 b.c.

Name: Hagar [HAY-gahr: light]

Greatest accomplishment: Hagar was the mother of the Arab peoples.


While the nkjv describes Hagar, as an Egyptian maidservant the blunt fact is that Hagar was a slave. Slavery in the ancient world did not involve the oppression of one race by another. But by its nature slavery involved the ownership of one person by another and thus the loss of the slaves right to make personal choices.

When Sarai decided to give her husband Abram a child through Hagar, everything changed for the slave woman. Hagar of course had no choice in the matter, and we have no insight into her feelings about her mistresss decision. What we do know is that Hagar quickly became pregnant. With her pregnancy Hagars attitude toward Sarai changed, and Sarai became despised in her eyes. The word despised suggests a natural reaction. Hagar felt contempt for her mistress. All those years of childlessness clearly were not due to Abrams sterility. Sarai was less of a woman than her slave was! Continue Reading Here