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Hagar: God's Beloved Stranger
Hagar God's Beloved Stranger
Author: Hester Thomsen
ISBN-13: 9780828016322
ISBN-10: 0828016321
Publication Date: 5/2003
Pages: 199
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Publisher: Review & Herald Publishing
Book Type: Paperback
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In Pharoah's harem Hagar had little status and few friends-other than Baufra, the gardener. Little she knew that her future was bound up with a wealthy merchant from a distant land, who worshiped a strange god he could not see.
When famine brought Abram to the Two-Lands, Pharoah took his beautiful sister, Sarai, as his intended princess, and Hagar became her attendant. Ultimately, young Hagar chose to leave her opulent society and cast her lot with the sand-dwellers of Canaan, who worshipped El-Shaddai.
The author recreates the texture of life in Egypt under the twelfth dynasty: the social and political influences; the feasts,opinions, and customs; the religion in which Hagar was trained; and the temple services in which she took part. The dialogue incorporates actual phrases taken from the Eygptian writings of the period, evoking Hagar's emotions and re-creating the world in which she lived. Hagar's amazing story shows how small choices can change the course of history.