The name Abraham means "father of a multitude". He thought that he would die childless but in his old age he was blessed. Hagar, his wife's maidservant, bore him a son: Ishmael. His wife, several years later also bore him a son: Isaac. After the death of his wife, he took another wife, Keturah, who bore him six more sons. From the offspring of these children, his physical descendants did indeed become a multitude.
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