Ishmael the First Born

since the dominee was helplessly agreeing with every point, i said, "dominee, so far what i have done is to prove only one point out of the whole prophecy—that is proving the phrase 'like unto thee'—'like you'—'like moses.' the prophecy is much more than this single phrase which reads as follows: "i will raise them up a prophet from among their brethren like unto thee ..." the emphasis is on the words —"from among their brethren.' moses and his people, the jews, are here addressed as a racial entity, and as such their brethren' undoubtedly be the arabs. you see, the holy bible speaks of abraham as the "friend of god". abraham had two wives—sarah and hagar. hagar bore abraham a son—his first-born — '... and abram* called his son's name, which hagar bare, ishmael. ' (genesis 16:15). 'and abraham took ishmael his son ..." (genesis 17:23). 'and ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.' (genesis 17:25). up to the age of thirteen ishmael was the only son and seed of abraham, when the covenant was ratified between god and abraham. god grants abraham another son through sarah, named isaac, who was very much the junior to his brother ishmael.

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*according to the bible abraham's name was abram before it was changed by god to abraham.

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