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The Bible In Paintings, #11: SARAI, HAGAR & ISHMAEL

Posted on 06/29/2020 8:46:24 AM PDT by Hebrews 11:6


GENESIS 16:1-4
(NIV, emphasis added)

Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; so she said to Abram, “The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.”

Abram agreed to what Sarai said. So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. He slept with Hagar, and she conceived.

Here is the Bing page “SARAI, HAGAR & ISHMAEL IN ART” showing various painters' conceptions. Several are serious works worthy of interest, by unknown artists except as noted.


GENESIS 16:4-13

When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. Then Sarai said to Abram, “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my slave in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the Lord judge between you and me.”

“Your slave is in your hands,” Abram said. “Do with her whatever you think best.” Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her.

The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. And he said, “Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?”

“I’m running away from my mistress Sarai,” she answered.

Then the angel of the Lord told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.” The angel added, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.”

The angel of the Lord also said to her:

“You are now pregnant and you will give birth to a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the Lord has heard of your misery.

He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward[b] all his brothers.”

She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”

“Hagar & the Angel in the Desert”

Several years later:


GENESIS 21:1-2, 9-16

Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age...

But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, and she said to Abraham, “Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.”

The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son. But God said to him, “Do not be so distressed about the boy and your slave woman. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned. I will make the son of the slave into a nation also, because he is your offspring.”

Early the next morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. He set them on her shoulders and then sent her off with the boy. She went on her way and wandered in the Desert of Beersheba.

When the water in the skin was gone, she put the boy under one of the bushes. Then she went off and sat down about a bowshot away, for she thought, “I cannot watch the boy die.” And as she sat there, she began to sob.

“Sarai Sends Hagar Away”

“The Expulsion of Hagar and Ishmael”

“The Expulsion of Ishmael and His Mother”



GENESIS 1:17-21

God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.”

Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink.

God was with the boy as he grew up. He lived in the desert and became an archer. While he was living in the Desert of Paran, his mother got a wife for him from Egypt.


"Hagar and Ishmael in the Wilderness"

Again, here is the Bing page "SARAI, HAGAR & ISHMAEL IN ART”,
with many more images.

Also, here are links to compendia of
three masters who painted Biblical scenes prolifically:


(241 wood engravings for La Grande Bible de Tours)


Finally, here are links to the PREVIOUS POSTS IN THIS SERIES

SNEAK PEEK: Next time,

TOPICS: Apologetics; General Discusssion; History; Theology
I am surveying "Bible art" for my own amusement and learning (at the Spirit's prompting) and thought others might enjoy it, too. The Bible encourages us to meditate on it (Ps. 1:1-3, 119:11-16, etc.), and these artists have done so and their works can assist us and enrich our own thoughts about biblical characters and incidents and concepts. My intent is to proceed methodically left-to right, Genesis to Revelation, as the Lord wills. Back soon with another.

But it is not only oil-on-canvas that can so help us; I refer to the astonishing video series The Chosen, which strolls through the four Gospels at the most leisurely pace. The eight episodes of Season 1 are finished, and the second of a planned seven seasons is coming soon. I say "leisurely" because after an entire year Jesus still has only seven of the apostles (although He's preparing to call up Thomas from the minor leagues--but Thomas is skeptical, of course). Anticipating a canvas of fifty-plus hours instead of a movie's paltry two hours, The Chosen turns the characters (including Jesus!) into three-dimensional humans and brings the Gospels alive--you have never seen anything even remotely like it.

1 posted on 06/29/2020 8:46:24 AM PDT by Hebrews 11:6
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To: Hebrews 11:6

Thank-you for the posting, God Bless.

2 posted on 06/29/2020 8:49:32 AM PDT by Biggirl ("One Lord, one faith, one baptism" - Ephesians 4:5)
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To: Hebrews 11:6

Thank you so much for posting these beautiful works. I look forward to tomorrow’s edition. God Bless

3 posted on 06/29/2020 8:58:27 AM PDT by katieanna
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To: Biggirl; katieanna

Enjoyed preparing this one more than any of the previous ten—my favorite so far. Glad you’re enjoying along with me.

4 posted on 06/29/2020 9:37:10 AM PDT by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God IS, and (2) God IS GOOD?)
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To: Hebrews 11:6

Please continue.

5 posted on 06/29/2020 9:54:06 AM PDT by Bookshelf
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To: Bookshelf

All the way through Revelation, as the Lord wills. The most daunting undoubtedly will be the crucifixion—there must be 1,000 paintings from which to choose.

6 posted on 06/29/2020 10:00:24 AM PDT by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God IS, and (2) God IS GOOD?)
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To: katieanna

Katieanna, my daughters are Susanna and Joanna.

7 posted on 06/29/2020 10:03:20 AM PDT by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God IS, and (2) God IS GOOD?)
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To: Hebrews 11:6


8 posted on 06/29/2020 10:34:37 AM PDT by JDoutrider
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