Are the biblical Ishmaelites
the Arabs of today?
Many Christian writers
have assumed that there are no Ishmaelites left today. They claim that the Arabs
are from other stock in the past. Jewish historians do not agree, and the Bible
does not agree. Robert Morey, and other alleged scholars, attack the plan of God
by claiming that the descendants of Ishmael are gone. It is a popular line with
those who hate Arabs and read the "scholarly" Arab-bashing literature. Click
here for more on Robert Morey's Reformed Reconstructionist heresy.
I seriously doubt if
Messiah Christ will bother to consult with these modern scholars before He welcomes
the descendants of Ishmael to His kingdom throne, as promised in Isaiah 60. I
am sick of this sanctimonious Arab-bashing that rests upon hatred, rather than
historic evidence. It appears that pro-Zionists cannot stand the possibility that
God still plans to keep his promises that he made to Abraham, to bless the sons
In The Works of Josephus, the Jewish historian boldly states that Ishmael
is the father of the "Arab nation." It is blasphemy enough to discard Isaiah's
prophecy that Ishmaelites will worship Messiah in the Kingdom, but Josephus predates
all of Morey's references, and Josephus was a Jew!
Raphael Patai, a Jew, tells us in his book, Seed of Abraham, p. 23, that
the name "Arab" is in the same inscriptions with that of Kedar, a son of Ishmael,
in the ninth century BC Assyrian epigraphs. Patai also quotes Josephus to show
that the Arabs were synonymous with "Nabatenes," descendants of Nebaioth, a son
of Ishmael. He also refers to the first through fifth century AD Jewish scholars
who assumed that
Arabs were Ishmaelites, or Joctanites, depending on whether they came from northern
or southern Arabia.
Patai wrote 600 articles, and twenty books, on the Middle East and he taught at
Princeton, Columbia, and the University of Pennsylvania. He was director of Syria-Lebanon-Jordan-Research
Project of the Human Relations Area Files of New Haven, Conn. He is highly praised
by both Arab and Jewish scholars. He is an equal match any day to any ten of Morey's
But, I rest my case primarily upon The Bible, Isaiah 60:6-7, and confirm the Arab
heritage in Ishmael with this reference telling of those who will "flow" into
Israel in Messiah's future Kingdom: Isaiah 60:6, The multitude
of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah
(son and grandson of Abraham by his second wife, Keturah); all
they from Sheba (grandson of Abraham and Keturah-- probably
Ethiopians and Yemenites) shall
come: they shall bring gold (for which Ethiopia is
well known) and incense (for which the Yemenites are famous);
and they shall shew forth the praises of the LORD.
(The Bible, Psalm 68:31) 7 All the flocks of Kedar
(a son of Ishmael) shall be gathered together unto thee,
the rams of Nebaioth (another son of Ishmael) shall
minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar
(which has never happened in all of history since Abraham), and
I will glorify the house of my glory (by their worship).
3:4, God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written,
That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou
Is this controversy helpful? YES. See Ezekiel 44:23-24.
TO THE ABOVE: 71 / 161-170 / 854-859; 121 / 12-13 / 1708;)
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