Abraham 's Expulsion From The House Of Abraham Essay

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Abraham Lincoln once said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” The religious figure Abraham is one of the most polarizing figures in the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. These religions are all founded with the belief that Abraham is their common ancestor. However, these religions have a rift in beliefs surrounding the decision of which son of Abraham, Ishmael or Isaac, is the legitimate heir to Abraham’s everlasting covenant with God. The painting of “Hagar’s Expulsion from the House of Abraham,” by Peter Paul Rubens, and a collection of articles discussed in class support the claim that because
Sarah and Hagar never established a “sisterhood,” or resolved the hostility that surrounded their relationship, thus, the three resulting religions have been clashing with each other ever since instead of using Abraham as a symbol to unite them. Hagar’s encounter with God and the birth of her son, Ishmael, stand at the heart of the Abraham story. The story of Abraham is enveloped by parallel traditions that dealt with the endangerment of Sarah and the covenant that Abraham had made with God regarding the legitimate heir of his great nation. This is a story that revolves around two women who were pit against each other in order to feel power over one another, instead of feeling as if they were equal to Abraham. In Genesis chapters 16 and 21, Hagar is sent away from the house of Abraham by Sarah twice. The first occurrence in Genesis 16 was because…

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