Sarah

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Meaning: princess

The wife and at the same time the half-sister of Abraham (Gen 11:29; Gen 20:12). This name was given to her at the time that it was announced to Abraham that she should be the mother of the promised child. Her story is from her marriage identified with that of the patriarch till the time of her death. Her death, at the age of one hundred and twenty-seven years (the only instance in Scripture where the age of a woman is recorded), was the occasion of Abraham's purchasing the cave of Machpelah as a family burying-place.

In the allegory of Gal 4:22ff she is the type of the "Jerusalem which is above." She is also mentioned as Sara in Heb 11:11 among the Old Testament worthies, who "all died in faith."


This article needs to be merged with SARAH (SARAI) (Jewish Encyclopedia).


This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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