|The Biblical Sarah, for whom I am named, has always held special fascination for me. She was the wife of Abraham, originally called Abram just as her birth name was Sarai, and close kin of his, although scripture varies on the exact relationship. It is mentioned several times that she was very beautiful, and Abram, 10 years her senior, was worried lest he be slain and she taken as a woman of the harem in the lands they traveled, despite being 65 at the beginning of their story. However, God promised Abram that a great nation would arise from him. After 10 years, when Sarai was 75 and remained childless, she convinced her husband that perhaps God had meant that he should have a baby with her handmaiden, Hagar, who would then be given to Sarai. This was done, but God spoke again, promising Sarah a son of her own, and changing their names as a sign of this covenant. It took another 14 years before Sarah became pregnant, and she often laughed to think of conceiving in her old age.