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Is Ishmael the Father of Islam?

  


Genesis 17:20 As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I have blessed him and will make him fruitful and multiply him greatly. He shall father twelve princes, and I will make him into a great nation. [ESV]

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(For those of you who don’t like the ESV, ( 🙂 ) here’s the NAS: “As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I will bless him, and will make him fruitful and will multiply him exceedingly He shall become the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation.)

In the past, and again recently, I have heard some, when referring to this verse, stating that it is the Arabs AND ISLAM, that is the fulfillment of this promise.  I do wonder whether that is true.  I can see that it could be the Arabs, since they are an ethnic group, or the Turks, as others have said; but Islam is a religion that encompasses many different ethnic groups in many parts of the world.  Just wondering if anyone has some thoughts on this.

  

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