Women of Genesis

Book - 2001
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Sarai was a child of ten years, wise for her age but not yet a woman, when she first met Abram. He appeared before her in her father's house, filthy from the desert, tired and thirsty. But as the dirt of travel was washed from his body, the sight of him filled her heart. And when Abram promises Sarai to return in ten years to take her for his wife, her fate was sealed.

Abram kept his promise, and Sarai kept hers they were wed, and so joined the royal house of Ur with the high priesthood of the Hebrews. So began a lifetime of great joy together, and greater peril: and with the blessing of their God, a great nation would be built around the core of their love.

Bestselling author Orson Scott Card uses his fertile imagination, and uncanny insight into human nature, to tell the story of a unique woman--one who is beautiful, tough, smart, and resourceful in an era when women had little power, and are scarce in the historical record. Sarah, child of the desert, wife of Abraham, takes on vivid reality as a woman desirable to kings, a devoted wife, and a faithful follower of the God of Abraham, chosen to experience an incomparable miracle.

Publisher: New York : Forge, 2001, c2000
ISBN: 9780765341174
Branch Call Number: CAR
Characteristics: x, 341 p. ;,18 cm


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The story is somewhat contrived. Card tries to balance between apology for strict scripture interpretation and rational interpretation of old Hebrew legends. Read the AFTERWARD before reading the story, it will give you a better idea of what he is trying to accomplish. The characters are a bit one dimensional, Sarah is all good and has endless faith while her sister Quari, [the one whom myth says was turned into a pillar of salt] is self centred and godless. I do like the interpretation of why Hagar and Sarah did not get along after Isaac was born. Overall not as good a read as 'The Red Tent" but thought provoking for we non-bible believers.

Apr 18, 2011

Sarah by Orson Scott Card breathes life into the bible story of Sarah and the profit, Abraham. Sarai, the daughter of an exiled king of Ur, is ten years old when she first meets Abram. She has been promised to the Goddess Asherah but Abram tells her that he will return in ten years to make her his wife. This comes to pass and Sarai becomes a devoted wife always working beside her husband. Unfortunately, their union is not blessed with children, and as the years pass, Sarai becomes more and more convinced that Abram must become a father.

The author takes the basic facts of this story and gives it substance, character and soul. As God speaks to Abram and eventually to Sarai they become his devoted servants and follow his wishes. They change their names to Abraham and Sarah. Sarah convinces her handmaiden Hagar to lie with Abraham and conceive a son. This son is called Ishmael and they believe he will be the only child Abraham will have. But God once again speaks to Abraham and tells him he will have a child with Sarah, this child will be called Isaac and he will become the father of a strong nation. Each man in Abraham’s tribe undergoes a ceremony that marks this covenant, and the tradition of cutting away the foreskin was to be continued throughout the generations.

Given the restrictions of having the story already laid out in the bible, I think the author did a good job of fleshing Sarah into a real women, with real emotions, drive and energy. His interpretation of Sarah and Abraham makes an interesting read into a time period we know very little about. I found Sarah to be an engaging and well-researched story.

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