ISHMAELITES [Heb yišmĕʿēʾlı̂m (יִשְׁמְעֵאלִים)]. In the OT there are five contexts in which this group of people is mentioned. In the Joseph story, it is variously the Ishmaelites or the Midianites (or both together) who transport and sell Joseph to Egypt (Gen 37:25, 27ff.; 39:1). In Judg 8:24 the
Ishmael, Ishmaelites. 1. Abraham’s first son, born of Hagar, Sarah’s Egyptian handmaid, at the instigation of Sarah herself. God promised to make a great nation of the childless Abraham (Gn 12:2), assuring him that his son would be his heir (15:4). But when Sarah was past 75 years old and still barren,
Ishmaelitesishʹmaēl-īts, ishʹmeēl-īts [Heb. yišmeʿēʾlî]. The descendants of Ishmael, the son of Abraham and Hagar, whom Abraham sent away from him after the birth of Isaac (Gen. 21:14–21). The sons of Ishmael are given in Gen. 25:13f.; they were twelve in number and gave rise to as many tribes,
Ishmaelites (ish´may-uh-lits), the descendants of Ishmael, son of Abraham and Hagar. They are named as twelve princes or “sons of Ishmael” in Gen. 25:13–16 and 1 Chron. 1:28–31. They are said to have settled in northern Arabia, from Havilah to Shur, opposite Egypt in the direction of Assyria (Gen. 25:18).
ISHMAELITES. The term occurs in Gen 37:25, 27, 28; 39:1; Jdg 8:24 and Ps 83:6 as a general designation for people dwelling in the territory from Egypt to Euphrates. According to the biblical tradition, the Ishmaelites had Egyptian as well as Semitic blood in their veins, for the mother and the wife of
Ishmaelites (Heb. yišmĕʿēʾlɩ̂m)A people most readily identified with their eponymous ancestor Ishmael, son of Abraham and Hagar (Gen. 16, 21). They are named as the 12 “sons of Ishmael” (Gen. 25:13–16 = 1 Chr. 1:28–31), settled primarily in northern Arabia ranging from the “River of Egypt” to the
Ishmaelites [ĭshˊmĭ ə līts] (Heb. yišme˓ē˒lîm).† Peoples who traced their ancestry through Abraham’s first son, Ishmael (cf. Gen. 25:12–18). These desert-dwelling peoples inhabited regions of North Arabia, ranging from Lower Egypt to the Euphrates river, from the early second millennium until
ISH´MAELITE (ishʹma-el-īt). A descendant of Abraham’s son Ishmael. The term is probably sometimes used as a general name for all the Abrahamic peoples from Egypt to the Euphrates and perhaps to the Persian Gulf, their headquarters being in W Arabia. In Gen. 37:25, 27–28 the name Ishmaelites may have