Who was Hagar's (Avraham's maid/wife) grandfather? I know there is a source somewhere for this but I am baffled as to where.


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Targum Pseudo-Jonathan to Parashat Lekh L'kha (16:5) refers to her as the daughter of Pharaoh who was the son of Nimrod.

וְלָא נִצְטַרָךְ לִבְנָהָא דְהָגָר בְּרַת פַּרְעֹה בַּר נִמְרוֹד דְטַלְקָךְ לְאַתּוּנָא דְנוּרָא

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    This identification of Hagar as the daughter of Pharoh is found in early Rabbinic works, such as Genesis Rabba (45) and in Muslim works as well.
    – mevaqesh
    Nov 16, 2016 at 1:42
  • The identification of Hagar with Pharaoh is found in the Genesis Apocryphon, a first century Dead Sea Scroll, as well, although it does not state explicitly that she was his daughter; just that he gave her to Abraham. || According to this Islamic sources identify her as the daughter of Nimrod. (no source listed).
    – mevaqesh
    Nov 16, 2016 at 3:46
  • I believe the source you mentioned infinitely dwarfs the Islamic sources in terms of authenticity and reliability.
    – Elcho
    Nov 16, 2016 at 5:15
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    @Elcho The Targum Pseudo Jonathan shows Islamic influence. Whether it was first compiled after Islam, or whether these are later additions is debatable. The reason I even looked for Islamic sources, is that being that this was a strange idea that didn't seem to be present anywhere else in Jewish literature, I guessed (correctly, apparently) that it would appear in Islamic literature. || Its kind of ironic to refer to a work with Pseudo in the title as authentic, and I don't know why it is necessarily reliable...
    – mevaqesh
    Nov 16, 2016 at 5:59

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