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Genesis 21 -- wherein the Hebrews and the Arabs split


So Abraham's firstborn, Ishmael, was the son of Sarah's slave. Abraham's secondborn, Isaac, was the son of Sarah.

After Isaac was born, out of jealousy Sarah made Abraham kick out Ishmael and his mother. The two of them almost died of thirst wandering in the desert, but God saved them, and promised Ishmael he'd be the father of a great nation also. But a different nation, over there.

So, two chosen peoples! It turns out later that Isaac's descendants are the Hebrews who adopt Judaism and then (most of them) Christianity, while Ishmael's descendants are the Arabs who adopt Islam.

So if Jews, Christians, and Arabs all trace their lineage back to Abraham ...

"People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along? Can we get along? Can we stop making it, making it horrible for the older people and the kids?... Itís just not right. Itís not right. Itís not, itís not going to change anything." -- RGK 5/1/92


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