This name derives from the Hebrew “Yishmâ‛ê'l > Yishma'el”, meaning “God will hear”. There are several characters in the bible including: 1) Yishma'el was a son of Abraham and Sarah's handmaid Hagar and the progenitor of the Arabian peoples. 2) He was a son of Nethaniah and the murderer of Gedaliah. 3) He was a Benjamite, one of the sons of Azel a descendant of Saul through Meribbaal or Mephibosheth. 4) He was a Judaite, father of Zebadiah.