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People: Ishmael


The son of Abraham and the Egyptian woman Hagar.


Abraham's wife Sarah was old and had borne no children.  She urged Abraham to have a child with Hagar, her maidservant.  The son she bore was named Ishmael. When Sarah later bore a son named Isaac, she did not want Ishmael to inherit anything, so she had Abraham send Hagar and Ishmael away into the desert. God, however, preserved and blessed Ishmael.

AUTHOR: Robert Brusic, Seminary Pastor Emeritus