(For more, see comments at Genesis 16:12, below). Ed. Mentions of Ishmael can be found in Genesis 16, 17, 21, 25; 1 Chronicles 1; Romans 9:7-9; and Galatians 4:21-31.
His hand will be against every man — That is his sin; and every man’s hand against him — That is his punishment. Sicul. ((x) "figet tabernacula", V. L. "tabernaculabit", Malvenda. Genesis 16:12.
Ancient Near Eastern legal practice addresses such cases of insolent slaves and allows disciplining of them. Some key elements are: Thus, instead of securing the fulfilment of their wishes, Sarai and Abram had reaped nothing but grief and vexation, and apparently had lost the maid through their self-concerted scheme. Diodor.
He will be a wild man — A wild ass of a man; so the word is: rude, and bold, and fearing no man; untamed, untractable, living at large, and impatient of service and restraint. His hand will be against everyone, and everyone’s hand will be against him” (Genesis 16:12). Chapter 16 - Birth of Ishmael. (w) Dr. Shaw's Travels, p. 238, 239. And there is no problem whatever with the fact that both Hagar and Abram consented to receive the God-given name. "The story of Hagar is found in the Bible in the book of Genesis, chapters 16 and 21. The context of the verse bears significance as well. That came about in this way: Hagar, who was Egyptian herself, found a wife from Egypt for her son, and Ishmael settled in the desert of Paran (Genesis 21:21). Scripture texts, prefaces, introductions, footnotes and cross references used in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition © 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC All Rights Reserved. Sarai said to Abram: “The LORD has kept me from bearing children. A SURVEY OF ISLAM. Islam is a religious, social and political force and every Christian should be aware of it. But to this extent? The Bible tells us that Ishmael “will be a wild man. )Abram gave her full power to act as mistress towards her maid, without raising the slave who was made a concubine above her position. But as soon as Sarai made her feel her power, Hagar fled. New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE) With so many millions (& soon to be billions) embracing the Islamic faith and with entire countries ruled and dominated by Islamic teachings, practices, and laws their world-view is becoming more and more prevalent, even in America.
The interpretation of Genesis 16:12 greatly influences the way Christians view the descendants of Ishmael. Therefore it is important to carefully consider the original Hebrew text, so that we understand its meaning correctly. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the copyright owner. Genesis 16:2-3 states that Hagar was an Egyptian servant belonging to Sarah, who, being barren, gave Hagar to her husband Abraham "to be his wife", so that he might still have children. Now she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar. (Note: בּיניך, with a point over the second Jod, to show that it is irregular and suspicious; since בּין with the singular suffix is always treated as a singular, and only with a plural suffix as plural. And still today — over 3500 years since that statement was made?! The Bible says: The Qur’an says: Prior to sin, Adam and Eve given free access to fruit of the “Tree of Life” (Genesis 2:9, 16-17)The “Tree of Eternity” (equated with giving eternal life in 7:20, hence comparable to the Biblical Tree of Life) was the Forbidden Tree (20:120).
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