A mannerly story of the Biblical past centers about Sarah, wife of Abraham, who went forth with him from the House of Terah,...

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A mannerly story of the Biblical past centers about Sarah, wife of Abraham, who went forth with him from the House of Terah, city of Ur, to the tents of Canaan, leaving home and old gods behind. Sarah's barrenness is a terrible trial to her which embitters her even after the blessed coming of her son Isaac, for she has given her beloved Hagar to Abraham to provide an heir and her love of Hagar turns to wrath as Ishmael grows beautiful and good in the strength of Abraham's love. So it is that she turns Hagar and Ishmael into the desert and only afterwards repents of her hatred. Other stories merge -- that of Lot, who chose to descend to Sodom to please his luxury-loving wife; of Elisheba, the Canaanite wife of Eliezer and mother of Shem, who returned to her own people and offered herself as sacrifice to Baal to save her loved ones; of Azubah the old slave woman, whose profligate lover Rahim returned to ease her last hours under force and steal her jewels; of the struggle to oust old notions and replace them with the new idea of God. There is a gentle approach to Abraham and to such incidents as Sarah's appearance before the Pharaoh as his (sister in her attempt to save her husband). Low-keyed, aimed at the conservative women's audience it will reach.

Pub Date: April 23, 1956

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Publisher: Westminster

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1956