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How old was Ishmael when Abraham sent him away?

Hagar was given to Abram by his wife Sarai to have a child; as they were getting older, and Sarah had yet to conceive. Genesis 16:1 “Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.”

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Hagar and Ishmael in the desert

Ishmael was then born by Hagar unto Abram. Genesis 16:15 “And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son’s name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael.” Abram was 86 years old.

Ishmael was fourteen when Isaac was born by Sarai (now Sarah) – Abram (now Abraham) being 100 years old, Genesis 21:5.

It wasn’t until the feast of Isaac’s weaning that Sarah asked Abraham to send Hagar and Ismael away, Genesis 21: 9-10. Which he did the very next day, Genesis 14. Since there is no exact age known for the weaning of Isaac, Ishmael could have been between 17 and 19 years old when he was sent away with his mother.

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6 thoughts on “How old was Ishmael when Abraham sent him away?

  1. If this is the case then how do we explain Genesis 21:15-16? How could Haggar put a 13 to 19 year old under a shrub or life him in her hands?

  2. Probably Ishmael was to weak to walk because of thirst and hunger and only did so by the support of his mother therefore Hagar put her son in that weak state he was

  3. I think the bible isnt clear because it sometimes sound as if Ishmael was still a bby and couldn’t do anything. L

    1. The Bible said that Abraham was 86 when Ishmael was born. He was 100 when Issac was born .so he had to be about 16 or so when he was sent away. I think he was just to weak to continue on .

  4. Maybe he was weak to continue the journey.That why Hagar was calling for help from God.

  5. Also, Ismael was 13years old and was circumcised along with his father Abraham. So what could be is exact age when he was cast out with his mother

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