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This book is also known as HAGAR THE EGYPTIAN. Since there wasn't a good explanation of this book on this page, I am adding the following. Teubal, an independent biblical scholar in her seventies, may be best known for her development of the Jewish ritual of Simchat Hochmah, Celebrating the Wisdom of Age, something like a bar/bat mitvah for those who reach their Golden and Platinum years. In this scholarly feminist study of the Genesis stories of Sarah and Hagar, she explores the matriarchal tradition in the Bible, which may have been covered over by succeeding patriarchal traditions. Sarah and Hagar are given an identity other than just being sleeping partners of Abraham. She also explores what the female led religious traditions were. This may be of interest to those seeking to create female-led rituals or New Moon ceremonies. Who was Hagar, the matriarch for Ishmaelic peoples and Islam? Was she a slave to Abraham and Sarah? Was she an empowered desert figure? Was she a gift to Sarah from a Pharaoah from their sojourn in Egypt? Was she a lady-in-waiting to Sarah, who was actually a priestess? What was the custom of surrogate motherhood in the Ancient Near East? These are some of the issues explored by Teubal
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on July 12, 1999
The author's premise should make everyone equally happy since she makes Isaac the son of Abimelech, Ishael the son of an unknown father and mother, Hagar the mother of an unknown child, and Ketubah's children the only named children of Abraham.
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on May 12, 2015
Mind pollution at its best.
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