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Women in the Bible

Sarah – Video

Dr. Jacqueline Vayntrub and Dr. Yii-Jan Lin discuss Women in the Bible.

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  1. Nancy Alaire Lorenz

    SARAH – Video Notes Compiled 10 May 2020
    Would it be helpful to describe two types of relationships which have visibility and validity in the narrative? Transactional relationships would have an equilibrium based on exchange–food and housing provided in exchange for service and labor. Nurturing relationships have the quality of continuum rather than of exchange: I care for my daughter as my mother cared for me.
    It seems reasonable to suggest that within the textual framework power works somewhat differently in each type of relationship.
    Sarah and Abraham share a nurturing relationship in which nothing is withheld from the other. Sarah will affiliate with another man in order to maintain Abraham’s life; Abraham honors Sarah and respects her right to share the fullness of his life.
    The relationship between Sarah and Hagar is rooted in transaction: Sarah provides the household in which Hagar lives and Hagar provides the labor which enables the household to function.
    When Sarah chooses to believe that the Lord has made her barren, she also chooses to rely on her own self-will to provide the son that the Lord promised. She chooses Hagar to bear Abraham’s child (as if it were Sarah’s own) and in so doing changes the relationship between herself and Hagar. Hagar enters into a nurturing relationship with Abraham and defies Sarah just as, in fact, Sarah has defied God.