Yeah, I agree with Screwtape that Hagar is probably not the source of animosity between the various monotheistic faiths. But Jews and Christians believe it was Sara’s son Isaac who Abraham took off to sacrifice, and Muslims believe it was Ishmael, Hagar’s son, who got that honor. So there is a significant difference in the stories.
And the Muslims sort of tell it like a rags to riches story. (Or rags to mother of a nation story). They present Hagar as a wife of Abraham, who started out as a handmaiden, but become someone more important. The incident in which Sara threw her and the kid out in the desert (I don’t think) is in the Islamic version. But I could be wrong. I seem to remember that she and Abraham were traveling together, and he left her and her infant son in the desert (when he went off to attend to some important business or something like that) and she had no water and her son was dying and then this wonderful spring appeared, and Mecca was born. And of course, the Prophet Muhammad was a direct descendent of Ishmael.
But in either case, it is an interesting story. If she was raped and abandoned, she would be a woman with stories to tell. And is she was chosen by god to be the mother of a new nation, she would have very different stories to tell.
So yeah. If I got to meet a famous biblical character, she would be my first choice.
What about you Lori? Who would you chose to meet?
And WOW Zankuu. What an interesting choice.