Hagar, known throughout biblical and extra-biblical writings as the mother of Ishmael, Abraham's first son. Some sources cite her background as being the daughter of a Egyptian pharaoh who gave her as a handmaid to Sarah, Abraham's wife. Sarah had hopelessly longed for a child believing it would fulfill her husband. When her prayers went unanswered for decades and she believed her age made it impossible to bear a child, she offered Hagar to Abraham as a concubine in the hope Hagar would conceive a son who Sarah would then claim. Hagar did conceive and did have a son, Ishmael, and Abraham loved him as his son but his love for Sarah never diminished.
Amazingly, Sarah then conceived and had Issac whom she considered Abraham's first son. Tensions between Sarah and Hagar rose, Sarah told Abraham to send her and Ishmael away, and he did. Though he gave her food and water, travelling the desert with a child quickly exhausted her and her supplies. For the second time, an angel appeared to her, provided a spring, saving her life and her son's.
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