Sarah (Sair´uh)

Abraham’s wife, who shared his journey to the promised land and his sojournings there. God promised to Abraham numerous descendants, but Genesis relates how this promise is repeatedly endangered when Abraham passes Sarah off as his sister and she is taken into the harem of, first, Pharaoh (Gen 12) and then Abimelech (Gen 26). Another obstacle to the fulfillment of the promise of numerous progeny was Sarah’s barrenness (Gen 11:30; Gen 16:1); she seeks to resolve this by giving her Egyptian maid Hagar to Abraham (Gen 16), which results in the birth of Ishmael. Finally, when Abraham and Sarah are too old for childbearing, God reiterates the promise of progeny. Sarah laughs (Gen 18:1-15; Gen 17:17-17) and, so, when the long-awaited heir is born, he is named Isaac, meaning “laughter.” Sarah dies at the age of 127, and Abraham purchases the cave of Machpelah from the Hittites for her burial place. Sarah is mentioned in the NT in (Rom 4:19; Rom 9:9; Heb 11:11; 1Pet 3:6); and the allegory of (Gal 4:21-31).

Gen 12

The Call of Abram
1Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you.2I will make of y ... View more

Gen 26

Isaac and Abimelech
1Now there was a famine in the land, besides the former famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar, to King Ab ... View more

Gen 11:30

30Now Sarai was barren; she had no child.

Gen 16:1

The Birth of Ishmael
1Now Sarai, Abram's wife, bore him no children. She had an Egyptian slave-girl whose name was Hagar,

Gen 16

The Birth of Ishmael
1Now Sarai, Abram's wife, bore him no children. She had an Egyptian slave-girl whose name was Hagar,2and Sarai said to Abram, “You see that ... View more

Gen 18:1-15

A Son Promised to Abraham and Sarah
1The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day.2He looked ... View more

Gen 17:17-17

17Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said to himself, “Can a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Can Sarah, who is ninety years old, ... View more

Rom 4:19

19He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered th ... View more

Rom 9:9

9For this is what the promise said, “About this time I will return and Sarah shall have a son.”

Heb 11:11

11By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised.

1Pet 3:6

6Thus Sarah obeyed Abraham and called him lord. You have become her daughters as long as you do what is good and never let fears alarm you.

Gal 4:21-31

The Allegory of Hagar and Sarah
21Tell me, you who desire to be subject to the law, will you not listen to the law?22For it is written that Abraham had two sons ... View more

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