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In Bereshit 22:3, Rashi tells us that when Avraham went to sacrifice Yitzchok, the two lads he took with him were Yishmael and Eliezer.

Wasn't Yishmael already gone from Avraham's house? In Bereshit 21:21 we are told that he now dwelt in the Paran Desert.

If Yishmael was no longer in Avraham's house, how did Avraham take him with him to go sacrifice Yitzchok?

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Pirkei D'Rebbi Eliezer (Chapter 31) says that Yishmael came in from the desert to visit Avraham. (The Rada"l says that was when Yitzchok and Yishmael argued about whose circumcision was more meritorious - see here) and that night, according to one explanation of the Rada"l, G-d appeared to Avraham and told him to sacrifice his son.

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