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.

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