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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 Ish·ma·el /ˈɪʃ(ˌ)meəl, mi-/

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: (Old Testament) the son of Abraham who was cast out after
           the birth of Isaac; considered the forebear of 12
           Arabian tribes
      2: a person who is rejected (from society or home) [syn: outcast,
          castaway, pariah]

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    God hears. (1.) Abraham's eldest son, by Hagar the concubine
    (Gen. 16:15; 17:23). He was born at Mamre, when Abraham was
    eighty-six years of age, eleven years after his arrival in
    Canaan (16:3; 21:5). At the age of thirteen he was circumcised
    (17:25). He grew up a true child of the desert, wild and
    wayward. On the occasion of the weaning of Isaac his rude and
    wayward spirit broke out in expressions of insult and mockery
    (21:9, 10); and Sarah, discovering this, said to Abraham, "Expel
    this slave and her son." Influenced by a divine admonition,
    Abraham dismissed Hagar and her son with no more than a skin of
    water and some bread. The narrative describing this act is one
    of the most beautiful and touching incidents of patriarchal life
    (Gen. 21:14-16). (See HAGAR.)
      Ishmael settled in the land of Paran, a region lying between
    Canaan and the mountains of Sinai; and "God was with him, and he
    became a great archer" (Gen. 21:9-21). He became a great desert
    chief, but of his history little is recorded. He was about
    ninety years of age when his father Abraham died, in connection
    with whose burial he once more for a moment reappears. On this
    occasion the two brothers met after being long separated. "Isaac
    with his hundreds of household slaves, Ishmael with his troops
    of wild retainers and half-savage allies, in all the state of a
    Bedouin prince, gathered before the cave of Machpelah, in the
    midst of the men of Heth, to pay the last duties to the 'father
    of the faithful,' would make a notable subject for an artist"
    (Gen. 25:9). Of the after events of his life but little is
    known. He died at the age of one hundred and thirty-seven years,
    but where and when are unknown (25:17). He had twelve sons, who
    became the founders of so many Arab tribes or colonies, the
    Ishmaelites, who spread over the wide desert spaces of Northern
    Arabia from the Red Sea to the Euphrates (Gen. 37:25, 27, 28;
    39:1), "their hand against every man, and every man's hand
    against them."
      (2.) The son of Nethaniah, "of the seed royal" (Jer. 40:8,
    15). He plotted against Gedaliah, and treacherously put him and
    others to death. He carried off many captives, "and departed to
    go over to the Ammonites."

From: Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (late 1800's)

 Ishmael, God that hears