Lectionary Calendar
Wednesday, February 28th, 2024
the Second Week of Lent
There are 32 days til Easter!
Attention!
StudyLight.org has pledged to help build churches in Uganda. Help us with that pledge and support pastors in the heart of Africa.
Click here to join the effort!

Bible Dictionaries
Hagar

Easton's Bible Dictionary

Search for…
or
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Z
Prev Entry
Haft
Next Entry
Hagarene
Resource Toolbox
Additional Links
Flight, or, according to others, stranger, an Egyptian, Sarah's handmaid (Genesis 16:1; 21:9,10 ), whom she gave to Abraham (q.v.) as a secondary wife (16:2). When she was about to become a mother she fled from the cruelty of her mistress, intending apparently to return to her relatives in Egypt, through the desert of Shur, which lay between. Wearied and worn she had reached the place she distinguished by the name of Beer-lahai-roi ("the well of the visible God"), where the angel of the Lord appeared to her. In obedience to the heavenly visitor she returned to the tent of Abraham, where her son Ishmael was born, and where she remained (16) till after the birth of Isaac, the space of fourteen years. Sarah after this began to vent her dissatisfaction both on Hagar and her child. Ishmael's conduct was insulting to Sarah, and she insisted that he and his mother should be dismissed. This was accordingly done, although with reluctance on the part of Abraham (Genesis 21:14 ). They wandered out into the wilderness, where Ishmael, exhausted with his journey and faint from thirst, seemed about to die. Hagar "lifted up her voice and wept," and the angel of the Lord, as before, appeared unto her, and she was comforted and delivered out of her distresses (Genesis 21:18,19 ).

Ishmael afterwards established himself in the wilderness of Paran, where he married an Egyptian (Genesis 21:20,21 ).

"Hagar" allegorically represents the Jewish church (Galatians 4:24 ), in bondage to the ceremonial law; while "Sarah" represents the Christian church, which is free.

Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Hagar'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​ebd/​h/hagar.html. 1897.
adsFree icon
Ads FreeProfile