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(ihssh' may ehl ite) Tribal name for descendants of Ishmael. According to Genesis 25:12-16 , Ishmael was the father of twelve sons. The Ishmaelites were regarded as an ethnic group, generally referring to the nomadic tribes of northern Arabia. The Ishmaelites were not, however, exclusively associated with any geographic area. References to them in the Old Testament are relatively few. The people to whom Joseph was sold by his brothers are called Ishmaelites in Genesis 37:25 . See Ishmael; Abraham .

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Ishmaelite'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​hbd/​i/ishmaelite.html. 1991.
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