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What is the meaning of the name Ishmael?

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July 25, 2008 6:35PM

Ishmael was the oldestg son born to Abraham and Hagar, Sarah's servant (Genesis 17). The name means, literally, "God hears him," and is a response to the little boy's cry in the wilderness after he and his mother had been driven away by Sarah.