Religion: The Beauty of Sarah

Genesis describes Sarah, the wife of Abraham, as "very fair," then plunges on in its narrative. With this tempting morsel, readers have been left for centuries to wonder at the beauty that turned the head of the Pharaoh of Egypt. Last week, with scholarly remoteness from war, Jerusalem's Dr. Yigael Vadin published his latest Dead Sea Scroll translation—part of a document earlier identified as an apocryphal Book of Genesis (TIME, Feb. 20). The scroll did justice to Sarah's beauty with an ecstatic, head-to-toe description of her charms:

"And how beautiful the look of her face . . . And how fine is...

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