More about Ishmaelites

I had a conversation yesterday with a colleague. We were talking about God's prophecy and promise to Hagar about Ishmael. After I had explained what the promise was meant to convey he said, "But what about the ongoing conflict the Arabs have with Israel?" His comment demonstrates the misunderstanding that persists about the promise to … Continue reading More about Ishmaelites

The Broader Significance of God’s Promise to Hagar

The biblical stories are meant to shape our perspectives, values, and choices. In my last post I explained why and how English translations have misunderstood God's promise to Hagar, leading often to an Arab-demeaning reading of that passage. Now here is an excerpt from Gordon Wenham's commentary on Genesis to show why Hagar's story is … Continue reading The Broader Significance of God’s Promise to Hagar

God’s Promise to Hagar in Genesis 16: Resolving a problematic text

God made an incredible promise to Hagar in Genesis 16:12. However, the true meaning of the promise gets lost in translation. This is because our English translations typically render this verse in a pejorative manner. The sad thing about this is that these renderings have led to Arab-demeaning understandings of the text. This trend in … Continue reading God’s Promise to Hagar in Genesis 16: Resolving a problematic text