Issues in Genesis: The Handmaid & Her Son, Part 2

  I’ve been trying to think of a clear way to tackle the many questions Hagar’s story raises in Genesis (and beyond).  My goal is always to communicate how I found comfort or resolution to my questions so that you might find it helpful in resolving them for yourself.  In Hagar’s case, I am having trouble … More Issues in Genesis: The Handmaid & Her Son, Part 2

Issues in Genesis: The Handmaid & Her Son, Part 1

  Welcome back to Issues in Genesis.  We’re starting a new series within the series, today, but it’s really just a logical next page in the story.  The Handmaid & Her Son is about Hagar, of course, but it’s also the next chapter of Sarah’s* story, too.  We’re going to spend this first post talking … More Issues in Genesis: The Handmaid & Her Son, Part 1

Issues in Genesis: The Trafficking of Sarah, Part 3

  Welcome to the conclusion post for The Trafficking of Sarah. In part 1, we defined the problems this passage can present.  In part 2, we answered what I call the “clutter questions” that we might bring to this passage.  These are the questions we ask of the text that, if left unanswered, can inhibit … More Issues in Genesis: The Trafficking of Sarah, Part 3

Issues in Genesis: The Trafficking of Sarah, Part 2

  Welcome to Part 2 of “The Trafficking of Sarah.”  In this part, we’re going to narrow the scope of our questions and put some context on this whole mess.  If you haven’t read the Introduction to the Issues in Genesis series or Part 1 of this “issue” (the selling of Sarai/Sarah to other men … More Issues in Genesis: The Trafficking of Sarah, Part 2

Issues in Genesis: The Trafficking of Sarah, Part 1

If you haven’t looked at the Introduction to my Issues in Genesis series, please do that.  It will give you the shape and purpose of what I’m hoping to accomplish by discussing these stories. Defining the Issue The first time I got really upset with the Bible was in Genesis 12:10-20.  In that passage, Abram … More Issues in Genesis: The Trafficking of Sarah, Part 1