It is certain not much is said about Ishmael in the Tanakh but surprisingly Rabbinical literature does, usually quite flattering. As is the Biblical
Ishmael was circumcised into the Covenant at 13, the second after Abraham. Following Biblical theme the younger son Issac is given the blessing of
being the grandfather of 12 nations destined for a special relationship with God with intermittent lapses into idolatry they would repent, God would
forgive, and they have a special relationship.
Let's remember that Ishmael was blessed and also the father of 12 nations. Gen 17:18-20; 23-26, lived to 137.
Here is what the old jewishencyclopedia
Ishmael was at his father's funeral and had no issue with Isaac as an adult. He was 14 when he laughed at Isaac and never tried to harm him. Pirke de
R. Eliezer and Sefer ha Yashar state he went to live with Abraham late in life.
Baba Batra in Talmud says people who have a dream and see Ishmael are blessed, THE Ishmael and not any Arab.
The Zohar says Sarahs evil eye was the reason he was made to flee and calls him "supernal Holiness below" as Isaac is above.
And some people tend to believe only Jews are prophets in the Bible but the first Judahite/Jew was from Judah who had 3 Canaanite wives and children
by 2 other women not Jewish, 3/5 of all Judahites are half Cannanite-Phoenician-Carthaginian stock.
And there were many Prophets from Adam to Isaac, none Jewish.
A Semite, Hebrew of the lineage of the Patriarch and Prophet Abraham(pbuh) through Hagar who the Zohar says is also Keturah but repentant.
Ishmael(Arabs/Muslims)and Israel are the only two peoples alive with "El" or God in their names and Ishmael means God will hear(him/them) and although
some say it refers to Isaac this is untenable.
And the 8th century "Secrets of Simeon ben Yohai" calls the Ishmaelite Prophet, a Prophet (saws) to his people and a deliverance for Israel from the
And applies the "Rider on the Camel passage of Isaiah to Mohammed (pbuh) and speaks well of the first leaders of the Ummah.
You might want to read that, it's
Secrets ben Yohai
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