Chayei Sarah – Sh’vi’i

Ishmaelites

By Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

The last seven verses of this parsha list the descendants of Yishmael. Yishmael had 12 sons, who were the 12 princes of the Ishmaelite nations foretold in Genesis 17:20. Yishmael died at the age of 137; his descendants overran the territory from Egypt to Assyria, dominating the Middle East.

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