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Abraham didnít marry Hagar?
By Sami Zaatari
Recently, there has been some Christians who are making the claim that Abraham did not marry Hagar, the mother of Ishmael. The main reason they do this is to try and insult Ishmael, and try to make the claim that he is illegitimate from an illegitimate act of sexual intercourse, and to make the claim that Hagar was simply a right hand slave. This is simply their way of trying to insult Arabs etc.
However so, let us read what their Bible says, and what commentaries of the Bible say on this.
3And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.
I could simply end here, since the verse itself says Abraham married Hagar! But I will go further, since some Christians will still not be satisfied with this and come up with bogus interpretations. Therefore I shall quote Biblical scholars, and Bible commentary on this very verse.
The Adam Clarke Commentary
She had a handmaid, an Egyptian
Go in unto my maid.
may obtain children by her.
The children, therefore, which were born of the slave, were considered as the children of the mistress. It was on this ground that Sarai gave her slave to Abram; and we find, what must necessarily be the consequence in all cases of polygamy, that strifes and contentions took place.
And Sarai, Abram's wife, took
Hagar-and gave her to her husband-to be his wife.
The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible
Sarai, Abram's wife, took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian,
after Abram had dwelt ten
years in the land of Canaan;
and gave her to her husband
Abram to be his wife;
Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament
Verses 3, 4
Sarai and Abram had not counted on such a development as this. They had their weaknesses, but Hagar also had hers. Hagar was then Abram's wife, and although she was not on an equality with Sarai, being in fact her slave, she nevertheless despised her mistress. Thinking that, then, her child would be heir to Abram's fortune, her essential temperament as a slave did not lead her to accept her status and treat Sarai with proper respect. Thus, the tragedy of the arrangement was soon evident. It was impossible for Hagar to be sent away by Sarai, for the laws of that period granted certain rights to slave wives, and Hagar could neither have been sold nor dismissed. The device had appeared to work. Sure enough, Hagar would soon be a mother, but the jealousies and hatreds that entered Abram's household at that point must have been a sore trial for the whole family. Such is ever the result of sin. As Leupold expressed it, "Polygamy is always bound to be the fruitful mother of envy, jealousy, and strife.F2
A number of authors refer to the Code of Hammurabi in connection with this episode. It "warns expressly, that a slave girl elevated by her mistress should not and could not claim equality."F3
To be his wife?
So as you can see, I have quoted 3 Christian bible commentaries (tafsir) and they all agree that Hagar was indeed Abrahamís wife.