Amanda Russell-Jones: The After-life of Hagar – Egyptian Slave, Wife of Abraham, Cast Out in the Wilderness with Her Son

Date(s) - June 27, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Regent College Chapel

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Jews, Christians and Muslims trace themselves back to and revere Abraham/Ibrahim. Sarah made it into the marriage service in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer-‘wives be obedient to your husbands as Sarah was’. But where has the story of Hagar been remembered? She may not be centre stage in most Christian recollection since her son was not ‘the heir of the promise’. Nevertheless, her story lives on reflected in art, music, literature and popular culture and, for those who see her as a ‘sister in the wilderness’, it is God’s dealings with Hagar that give them hope in the midst of oppression. This lecture will explore the diverse ways Hagar has been remembered.

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 recent 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 C.”

While at Regent she has also thoroughly enjoyed rowing round Pacific Gulf islands watching whales as a leader of the “Creation, Wilderness, and Technology” course.

This lecture is part of our 2018 Summer Evening Public Lecture Series.

Dr. Russell-Jones will be teaching the course “Afterlives of Biblical Women in Art, Literature, & Culture” from July 2 – 13, 2018 as part of our 2018 Summer Programs. Learn more at

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