Genesis 16 Summary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges
Ch. 16. The Birth of Ishmael
The narrative in this chapter contains Israelite traditions respecting the birth, name, and dwelling-place of Ishmael.
( a) It explains how the Israelites acknowledged the Ishmaelites to be an older branch of their own stock, dwelling on their southern borders.
( b) It illustrates how they regarded them as inferior in dignity of descent, and as degraded by an Egyptian connexion.
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