The Final Reverberations of Sarah's Life

How her fear and her mistreatment of Hagar the Egyptian helped forge the descendants of Abraham into a people, in a forge of 400 years.

From Abram’s Counsel to Sarai, from The Old Testament, c. 1896-1902, by James Tissot. Jewish Museum.

From Abram’s Counsel to Sarai, from The Old Testament, c. 1896-1902, by James Tissot. Jewish Museum.

Atar Hadari
Observation
Nov. 5 2015
About the author

Atar Hadari’s Songs from Bialik: Selected Poems of H. N. Bialik (Syracuse University Press) was a finalist for the American Literary Translators’ Association Award. His Lives of the Dead: Poems of Hanoch Levin earned a PEN Translates award and was released in 2019 by Arc Publications. He was ordained by Rabbi Daniel Landes and is completing a PhD on William Tyndale’s translation of Deuteronomy.


And the life of Sarah was a hundred and twenty years and seven years, These were the years of Sarah’s life. And Sarah died in Kiryat Arba which is Hebron In the land of Canaan and Abraham came to lament for Sarah and weep over her. But Abraham rose from before his dead and spoke to the Hittites, saying: I’m a resident migrant with you, give me a burial plot among you And I’ll bury my dead from before me; But the Hittites answered Abraham, saying: Hear us, milord, you’re a king by God among us, Bury your dead in the choicest of our graves There’s not a man of us will keep his grave from you, to bury your dead. But Abraham rose and bowed before the council of the land, the Hittites, And he spoke to them, saying: if it be in your souls to bury my dead from before me, hear me And approach Efron son of Zohar for me to give me the double cave he has at the end of his field At full price, give it to me as a burial plot among you.

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