Who is Hagar? How and why did she become Black?
In the book of Genesis, Hagar is an Egyptian, an enslaved woman, a surrogate, a wife, and a mother. As the wife of Abraham and the mother of Ishmael, she becomes a recognized figure in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Reimagining Hagar offers a bold and entirely fresh reception history of biblical Hagar. It centers on treatments of Hagar as a Black woman, particularly by African Americans.
Engaging a wide array of sources, biblical scholar Nyasha Junior constructs an alluring and richly textured portrait of Hagar and her portrayal in art, literature, and music. By tracing the links between Hagar and Blackness, Reimagining Hagar sheds light on the history of interpretation of Genesis, the interchange between Bible and culture, and African-American biblical interpretation. This original and groundbreaking book will change how you think about Hagar and about biblical interpretation.
While womanist biblical interpretation is relatively new in the development of academic biblical studies, African American women are not newcomers to biblical interpretation.
Written in an accessible style, An Introduction to Womanist Biblical Interpretation, highlights the importance of both the Bible and race in the development of feminism and the emergence of womanism. This volume provides a history of feminist biblical interpretation and discusses the current state of womanist biblical interpretation as well as critical issues related to its development and future. Although some African American women identify themselves as "womanists," the term, its usage, its features, and its connection to feminism remain widely misunderstood. This innovative book is perfect for students and others who want to learn more about womanist biblical interpretation.
“Brilliant in its simplicity..this is the book we all wish we had earlier in our studies.”
—Rev. Dr. Monica A. Coleman, University of Delaware
“Nyasha Junior is that welcome combination of rigorous scholar and lucid, accessible writer.”
—Rev. Dr. Obery Hendricks, Columbia University