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hagar


hagar


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Hagar 
  flight,  or  according  to  others  stranger,  an  Egyptian,  Sarah's 
  handmaid  (Gen.  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  (Gen. 
  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  (Gen.  21:18,  19). 
 
  Ishmael  afterwards  established  himself  in  the  wilderness  of 
  Paran,  where  he  married  an  Egyptian  (Gen.  21:20,21). 
 
  Hagar"  allegorically  represents  the  Jewish  church  (Gal. 
  4:24),  in  bondage  to  the  ceremonial  law;  while  Sarah" 
  represents  the  Christian  church,  which  is  free 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Hagar,  a  stranger;  one  that  fears