Sister in the Wilderness: Hagar in Art, Music, and Literature

Speaker(s): Amanda Russell-Jones
Date: May 13, 2020
Length: 1h 28m
Product ID: RGDL5002E

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The stories of the women of the Bible have been used to categorize, exhort, or chastise women down the ages. Hagar, for example, was the most common biblical name given to enslaved African-American women. We will explore depictions of Hagar in art, music, literature, and popular culture, asking how the mirror held up to women became distorted and at what cost. We will also discover why it is that for those who regard Hagar as a "sister in the wilderness," God's dealings with her have provided hope in the midst of oppression.

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Amanda Russell-Jones is a sessional lecturer at Regent. Her research involves scriptural interpretation and application on issues of slavery, and the relationship between women and the church both in historical settings and our contemporary world. Her enthusiasm for art and literature informs her understanding and evaluation of the Bible’s impact on culture and the impact of culture on biblical interpretation. Her PhD thesis from the University of Birmingham was entitled “The Voice of the Outcast—Josephine Butler’s Biblical Interpretation and Public Theology.” She has written a chapter on Butler for the forthcoming SBL publication “The Bible and the Women’s Movement in the 19th Century.”

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