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Ishmael on the Border: Rabbinic Portrayals of the First Arab


Explores rabbinic views of Ishmael, the biblical figure seen as the first Arab.
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Ishmael on the Border: Rabbinic Portrayals of the First Arab

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Explores rabbinic views of Ishmael, the biblical figure seen as the first Arab.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791467602
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Bakhos is Professor of Late Antique Judaism at the University of California at Los Angeles and is the editor of Ancient Judaism in its Hellenistic Context.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

1. Ishmael and Esau: Marginalized Men of the Bible

Ishmael in the Bible
Esau in the Bible

2. Ishmael in Tannaitic and Amoraic Literature

The Tannaitic Sources
The Amoraic Sources

3. The Rabbis and Their Others

The Pairing of Ishmael and Esau in Rabbinic Literature
Esau as Real Other
Ishmael, the Ishmaelites, and the Children of Keturah
The Arab Descendants of Ishmael
Abraham’s Descendants and Israel’s Divine Election
The Role of Christianity in the Depiction of the Other

4. Ishmael in Later Midrashim

The Treatment of Ishmael in Pirke Rabbi Eliezer
Abraham’s Visits to Ishmael in Pirke de Rabbi Eliezer
Abraham’s Visits to Ishmael in Arabic Sources
Revisiting the Visits
The Ishmaelites in Pirke de Rabbi Eliezer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2007

    smart study

    'Ishmael on the Border' is a truly insightful and illuminating study into the rabbinic portrayal of Abraham's eldest son. As any such inquiry must, IOTB delves into the tension between biblical accounts of events in the life of Ishmael. Appropriately, this book utilizes the backdrop of these tensions to examine Ishmael through the rise of Islam. All in all a well thought and balanced inquiry into the role of Ishmael. - A solid addition for anyone with an interest in religious studies or just fans of Ishmael.

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