Hagar: God’s Perfect Promise, not His imperfect people

An angel appearing to Hagar and Ishmael. Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (Il Guercino) c.1653 Few Bible stories test my commitment to reading the Bible as redemptive history like the story of Hagar and Ishmael in Genesis 16 and 21. Or, more accurately, Abram's rape of Hagar, which Sarai instigates. These are horrifying texts of terror. I …

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