Sarah Hall was an American writing for children and youth.22 Her book Conversations on the Bible featured the characters of Mother, Catherine, Charles, and Fanny who discussed the main story of the Old Testament. Mother told the story while her children asked questions. Hall placed very pointed comments and questions in these characters' mouths and through the Mother character she addressed some difficult interpretive issues.
This excerpt on Leah and Rachel begins with Jacob's arrival at the well outside Haran and his meeting with Rachel there. It concludes with a discussion of the deaths of Rachel, Isaac, and Rebekah. Hall's purpose in retelling the biblical stories was to recount the main thread of salvation history, so she emphasized the actions of Jacob. She did fill in some details of the story, so that Rachel and Leah become more rounded characters. Like O'Keeffe, she
22 See Sarah Hall's fuller biography in part 2, "Sarah—The First Mother of Israel."
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Publication information: Book title: Let Her Speak for Herself: Nineteenth-Century Women Writing on the Women of Genesis. Contributors: Marion Ann Taylor - Editor, Heather E. Weir - Editor. Publisher: Baylor University Press. Place of publication: Waco, TX. Publication year: 2006. Page number: 338.
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