Ishmael

   God hears.
   1) Abraham's eldest son, by Hagar the concubine (Gen. 16:15; 17:23). He was born at Mamre, when Abraham was eighty-six years of age, eleven years after his arrival in Canaan (16:3; 21:5). At the age of thirteen he was circumcised (17:25). He grew up a true child of the desert, wild and wayward. On the occasion of the weaning of Isaac his rude and wayward spirit broke out in expressions of insult and mockery (21:9, 10); and Sarah, discovering this, said to Abraham, "Expel this slave and her son." Influenced by a divine admonition, Abraham dismissed Hagar and her son with no more than a skin of water and some bread. The narrative describing this act is one of the most beautiful and touching incidents of patriarchal life (Gen. 21:14-16). (See Hagar.)
   Ishmael settled in the land of Paran, a region lying between Canaan and the mountains of Sinai; and "God was with him, and he became a great archer" (Gen. 21:9-21). He became a great desert chief, but of his history little is recorded. He was about ninety years of age when his father Abraham died, in connection with whose burial he once more for a moment reappears. On this occasion the two brothers met after being long separated. "Isaac with his hundreds of household slaves, Ishmael with his troops of wild retainers and half-savage allies, in all the state of a Bedouin prince, gathered before the cave of Machpelah, in the midst of the men of Heth, to pay the last duties to the father of the faithful,' would make a notable subject for an artist" (Gen. 25:9). Of the after events of his life but little is known. He died at the age of one hundred and thirty-seven years, but where and when are unknown (25:17). He had twelve sons, who became the founders of so many Arab tribes or colonies, the Ishmaelites, who spread over the wide desert spaces of Northern Arabia from the Red Sea to the Euphrates (Gen. 37:25, 27, 28; 39:1), "their hand against every man, and every man's hand against them."
   2) The son of Nethaniah, "of the seed royal" (Jer. 40:8, 15). He plotted against Gedaliah, and treacherously put him and others to death. He carried off many captives, "and departed to go over to the Ammonites."

Easton's Bible Dictionary. . 1897.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • ISHMAEL — (Heb. יִשְׁמָעֵאל; God hears, wordplays on the name occur in Gen. 16:11–12; 17:20; 21:13, 17), the first son of Abraham, born to him when he was 86 years old. Ishmael s mother was the Egyptian hagar , the maidservant of Sarah (Gen. 16). After… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Ishmael — Autor Daniel Quinn Género Novela, Historia secreta Idioma Inglés T …   Wikipedia Español

  • ISHMAEL — ISHMAEL, son of Nethaniah son of Elishama, one of the military commanders in the period after the destruction of the First Temple (II Kings 25:25; Jer. 41:1). Ishmael, a descendant of the Judahite royal family, assassinated gedaliah son of Ahikam …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Ishmael — ist der Name folgender Personen: Ishmael Beah (* 1980), sierra leonischer Autor Omari Ishmael Grandberry (* 1984; bekannt als: Omarion), US amerikanischer R B Sänger und Schauspieler Ishmael Miller (* 1987), englischer Fußballspieler Ishmael Noko …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Ishmael — m Biblical name borne by Abraham s first son, the offspring of his barren wife s maidservant Hagar. It is composed of Hebrew elements meaning ‘to hearken’ and ‘God’; an angel told Hagar ‘Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and… …   First names dictionary

  • Ishmael — • Son of Abraham and Hagar Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Ishmael — masc. proper name, biblical son of Abraham and Hagar, from Heb. Yishma el, lit. God hears, from yishma, imperf. of shama he heard. The Arabs claim descent from him. Figurative sense of an outcast, whose hand is against every man, and every man s… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Ishmael — [ish′mā əl] n. [LL(Ec) Ismaël < Heb yishmāʼē l, lit., God hears] 1. the son of Abraham and Hagar: he and his mother were made outcasts: Gen. 21:9 21 2. an outcast …   English World dictionary

  • Ishmael — For other uses, see Ishmael (disambiguation). Ishmael A depiction of Hagar and Ishmael in the desert by François Joseph Navez Prophet, Patriarch, Father of the Arabs, Constructor of the Kaaba, Apostle to Arabi …   Wikipedia

  • Ishmael —    The son of Abraham and Hagar, the Egyptian maidservant of his wife Sarah (then known as Sarai). When Sarai stopped having children, she arranged to have a child with Abraham by Ha gar (Genesis 16:1 4). After the birth of Isaac, Hagar and… …   Historical Dictionary of Israel

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.