Isaac and Ishmael: A Novel of Genesis

Isaac and Ishmael: A Novel of Genesis

by Mary F. Burns




Abraham's divine and mythic destiny is to be the father of not just one but two great peoples: the Hebrews and the Arabs. His son Ishmael was born to an Egyptian princess who was a captive slave in his household, at a point in the patriarch's life when he despaired of having any children by his wife Sarah. But then the three mysterious messengers of Yahweh appear and tell him that Sarah, in her old age, will conceive a son. Ishmael and his mother, Hagar, are sent into the desert by Sarah, jealous of her husband's affection for his first-born son. And so the trouble begins....

This work of fiction follows the familiar story lines in the Hebrew Bible (Christian Old Testament) but presents individual persons on a human scale in order to explore the thorny, complex and delicate relations between these brothers, who live in a place where time and eternity touch. A new God is coming into being here: Yahweh, the uncanny, irascible, mischievous, bargaining God who participates in the life of a new people and compels them to a new way of being human.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937818234
Publisher: Sand Hill Review Press
Publication date: 03/20/2014
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Mary F. Burns is the author of J-The Woman Who Wrote the Bible, and Portraits of an Artist: A Novel of John Singer Sargent. She is a member of and reviewer for the Historical Novel Society. Visit her blogs at and .

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