Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar

Overview

The story of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar illustrates the rivalry and pain that arise as humans struggle with divine promises. In spite of their failings, God remains faithful to His covenant and responds to the suffering of mankind.

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Video Discussion Questions

What does the literary device of repetition accomplish within a narrative?



What is the role of suffering in our relationship to the divine?



Justin A. Jackson is a Professor of English at Hillsdale College, where he has taught since 2004, and where he currently serves as the Director of the Hillsdale College Writing Center. He received both his B.A. and M.A. from California State University, Fresno, and his Ph.D. from Purdue University.


Special thanks to Congregation Sha’are Shalom for permission to film their Torah Scrolls for use in the title sequence.