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SARAH, SARA, SARAI (Heb. sarah, saray, Gr. Sara. Sarah means princess; the meaning of Sarai is doubtful). She was ten years younger than Abraham and was married to him in Ur of the Chaldees (Gen 11:29-31). She was Abraham's half-sister (20:12). Her name was originally Sarai. She was about 65 years old when Abraham left Ur for Haran. Later she accompanied Abraham into Egypt and was there passed off by him as his sister because he feared the Egyptians might kill him if they knew she was his wife. Years later Abraham did the same thing at Gerar (20:1-18). God's intervention protected Sarah and Abraham was rebuked by the pagan rulers. Still childless at the age of 75, Sarah induced Abraham to take her handmaid Hagar as a concubine. A son born of this woman would be regarded as the son and heir of Abraham and Sarah. When Hagar conceived, she treated her mistress with such insolence that Sarah drove her from the house. Hagar, however, returned at God's direction, submitted herself to her mistress, and gave birth to Ishmael. Afterward, when Sarah was about 90, God promised her a son; her name was changed; and a year later Isaac, the child of promise, was born (17:15-27; 21:1-3). A few years later, at a great feast celebrating the weaning of Isaac, Sarah observed Ishmael mocking her son, and demanded the expulsion of Hagar and Ishmael (ch. 21). Abraham reluctantly acceded, after God had instructed him to do so. Sarah died at Kiriath Arba (Hebron) at the age of 127 and was buried in the cave of Machpelah, which Abraham purchased as a family sepulcher (23:1-2). Sarah is mentioned again in the OT only in Isaiah 51:2, as the mother of the chosen race. She is mentioned several times in the NT (Rom 4:19; 9:9; Gal 4:21-5:1; Heb 11:11; 1 Peter 3:6).

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Excerpted from Compton's Interactive Bible NIV
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SARAH, SARAI (princess).

  • The wife of Abraham (Ge 11:29-31; 12:5).
  • Near of kin to Abraham (Ge 12:10-20; 20:12).
  • Abraham represents her as his sister, and Abimelech, king of Gerar, takes her; she is restored to Abraham by means of a dream (Ge 20:1-14).
  • Is sterile; gives her maid, Hagar, to Abraham as a wife to bear his child (Ge 16:1-3).
  • Her jealousy of Hagar (Ge 16:4-6; 21:9-14).
  • Her miraculous conception of Isaac (Ge 17:15-21; 18:9-15).
  • Name changed from Sarai to Sarah (Ge 17:15).
  • Gives birth to Isaac (Ge 21:3,6-8).
  • Death and burial of (Ge 23; 25:10).
  • Character of (Heb 11:11; 1Pe 3:5-6).

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Excerpted from Compton's Interactive Bible NIV
Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved
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