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  The Ishmael Community: Questions and Answers

The Question (ID Number 11)...

    Why the name Ishmael?

    ...and the response:

    According to our cultural mythology, God lost interest in all other creatures on this planet when humans came along. (Although nonhumans came first, our mythology tells us they were not God's "true" children. Rather, it is humans who are God's true children.) According to Genesis, this
    is exactly what happened to Ishmael when Isaac came along: his father Abraham lost interest in him. (Although Ishmael came first, he was not
    Abraham's "true" son. Rather it was Isaac who was his true son.) In other words, what Genesis says happened to Ishmael is exactly what our mythology
    says happened to the non-human community on this planet. This makes "Ishmael" an appropriate name for someone who speaks for this community.


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