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What is God’s promise for Ishmael?
God told Abraham that He would establish his covenant through Isaac, and when Abraham inquired as to Ishmael’s role, God answered that Ishmael has been blessed and that he “will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.” (Genesis 17).
What did the angel say to Ishmael?
The angel of the LORD also said to her: “You are now with child and you will have a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the LORD has heard of your misery. He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.”
What does Ishmael represent in the Bible?
The Biblical name Ishmael has come to symbolize orphans, exiles, and social outcasts. By contrast with his namesake from the Book of Genesis, who is banished into the desert, Melville’s Ishmael wanders upon the sea.
What is Abraham’s concern about Ishmael?
Abraham has clear concern for the role that Ishmael and his descendants would have and God immediately comforts him, saying that “I have blessed him… I will make him into a great nation.” The second occurs when Sarah wants to expel Ishmael from their home due to the conflict between the two sons.
How did Hagar survive Ishmael?
Hagar, as told in Genesis, Chapter 21, was an Egyptian slave to Abraham with whom she had a son, Ishmael. Abraham’s wife became jealous and asked her husband to banish them to the desert. Sent away with only small rations of food and water, Hagar and Ishmael were miraculously saved from dying of thirst by an angel.