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Hebrew: שָׂרָה —transliteration: Sarah —meaning: princess

also known as: Sara, Sarai

Her original name was Sarai (Genesis 11:29). She was the wife and at the same time the half-sister of Abraham (Genesis 11:29; 20:12).

The name “Sarah” name was given to her at the time that it was announced to Abraham that she should be the mother of the promised child (Genesis 17:15). Her story is from her marriage identified with that of the patriarch till the time of her death.

Her death, at the age of 125 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 Galatians 4:22-31, she is the type of the “Jerusalem which is above.” She is also mentioned as “Sara” in Hebrews 11:11 among the Old Testament worthies, who “all died in faith.”

Sarah’s name appears 38 times in Scripture.



Author: Matthew G. Easton and Paul S. Taylor.
Article Version: June 27, 2021