Hagar, Sarah, and Their Children Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives

ISBN-10: 0664229824
ISBN-13: 9780664229825
Edition: 2006
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List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 3/2/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 290
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792

In different ways, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all trace their beginnings to Abraham, who is considered the founding father of an extended family of believers. His wives Hagar and Sarah, though also pivotal in the story, have received far less attention. In this book, however, noted Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scholars focus on Hagar, Sarah, and their children, from Ishmael and Isaac to their many descendents through the centuries. Moving from ancient and medieval sources to contemporary appropriations of the Sarah and Hagar story, Trible and Russell's Hagar, Sarah, and Their Children begins with an overview of the three religions?from their scriptural beginnings to their contemporary questions. Part two, "Hagar and Sarah in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Traditions," explores how the story was developed after its canonization in scripture in rabbinic interpretations, the stories of Islam, and the teachings of the early church fathers. And part three, "Continuing the Conversation with Hagar and Sarah," moves into a contemporary context with witnesses from womanist and feminist perspectives. Timely, relevant, and provocative, Hagar, Sarah, and Their Children offers a reliable and insightful look into a scriptural text foundational to these three great religions, and more importantly, provides an entr?e into open inter-religious discussion and understanding. In addition to Trible and Russell, contributors are Elizabeth A. Clark, Riffat Hassan, Adele Reinhartz, Delores Williams, and Miriam-Simma Walfish.

Letty M. Russell was one of the world's foremost feminist theologians and a longtime member of the faculty of Yale Divinity School. She died on July 12, 2007, at age 77. She was one of the first women ordained in the United Presbyterian Church and served as pastor of the Presbyterian Church of the Ascension in East Harlem for ten years. She joined the faculty of Yale Divinity School in 1974 and retired in 2001. She wrote and edited numerous books, including Church in the Round: Feminist Interpretation of the Church, Dictionary of Feminist Theologies (with J. Shannon Clarkson),and Inheriting Our Mothers' Gardens: Feminist Theology in Third World Perspective (with Kwok Pui Lan, Ada Maria Isasi Dias, and Katie Cannon).

Preface
Contributors
Unto the Thousandth Generation
Hagar and Sarah in Genesis and Galatians
Ominous Beginnings for a Promise of Blessing
Twists and Turns in Paul's Allegory
Hagar and Sarah in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Traditions
Conflict and Coexistence in Jewish Interpretation
Interpretive Fate amid the Church Fathers
Islamic Hagar and Her Family
Hagar and Sarah in Continuing Conversation
Hagar in African American Biblical Appropriation
Children of Struggle
Selected Bibliography
Index of Scripture References
Index of Authors and Editors
Index of Subjects

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