Hagar: Victim? Or what Israel was always supposed to be?
Caio Peres argues the story of Hagar reveals a surprising moral example of humility, intended as a model for all of Israel and later for Christianity.
When reading biblical narratives with multifaceted characters and complex situations, the reader is challenged to decipher ethical ambiguity, think through conflicts, and discover the implications for everyday life.
The Christian Scriptures focus on apprenticing under the correct authorities—those who skillfully discern God’s patterns in this world. Wisdom, then—for the scientist and for Christians in community—requires submitting ourselves to be taught discernment by such authorities.