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Sarah’s Egyptian handmaid and mother of Abraham’s firstborn son, Ishmael. Her name may arise from the Hebrew verb הגר (hgr) meaning “to flee,” which is paralleled in Abraham’s request for her and Ishmael to leave.
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Hagar. Egyptian handmaid of Sarai, the wife of Abram. At Sarai’s insistence Abram took Hagar as his concubine and she became the mother of his son Ishmael (Gn 16:1–16; 21:9–21).When God commanded Abram to leave Mesopotamia, he promised to make a great nation of him and to give the new land to his seed
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
HAGAR Egyptian handmaid of Sarai, the wife of Abram. At Sarai’s insistence, Abram took Hagar as his concubine, and she became the mother of his son Ishmael (Gn 16:1–16; 21:9–21).When God commanded Abram to leave Mesopotamia, he promised to make a great nation of him and to give the new land to his seed
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Hagar (hay´gahr), the Egyptian slave-girl whom Sarah gave to Abraham as a wife; she bore him Ishmael and became the matriarch of the Ishmaelites. There are two stories concerning Hagar in the Bible, both of which reveal rivalry between her and Sarah. In the first (Gen. 16:1–16) Sarai (Sarah) has borne
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Hagar in the Wilderness by Corot. MMHAGAR. An Egyptian woman who belonged to Sarai, the wife of Abram. Sarai was prevented from bearing children, so she gave Hagar to Abram as a wife, hoping that she might have a child through her (Gen 16). The Nuzu tablets reveal that this practice was common, and
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
HAGAR. A Semitic, not an Egyptian, name and thus perhaps given to the woman by Abraham when he left Egypt. It may mean ‘flight’ or something similar, cf. Arab. hegira. Hagar was an Egyp. bondservant in Abraham’s household, handmaid to Sarah; Abraham probably acquired her during his visit to Egypt. With
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Catholic Bible Dictionary
HAGAR An Egyptian handmaid, servant, or slave of Sarah, the wife of Abraham (Gen 16). When Sarah proved sterile, she suggested that Abraham take Hagar as his wife and so bear children (Gen 16:2). Abraham then had a son, Ishmael, by Hagar. When, however, Hagar became excessively proud of her son and held
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Ha´gar (flight), an Egyptian woman, the handmaid or slave of Sarah, Gen. 16:1, whom the latter gave as a concubine to Abraham, after he had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan and had no children by Sarah. ch. 16:2, 3. (b.c. 1912.) When Hagar saw that she had conceived, “her mistress was despised in