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You're perhaps referring to the Sefer Hayashar on Chayei Sarah: ויכתוב אברהם את הדבר הזה בספר ויחתום, ויעד ארבעה עדים. ואלה שמות העדים: אמיגל בן אבישוע החתי אליחורף בן אשונה החוי, עדון בן אחירע הגרדי, עקדיל בן אבודיש הצידוני. And Abraham wrote this matter in a scroll and signed, and four witnesses witnessed. And these are the names of the witnesses: Amigal ...


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Your premise is that Sarah didn't say anything about monetary support but the Shaare Aron brings an answer based on this passuk וַתֹּ֙אמֶר֙ לְאַבְרָהָ֔ם גָּרֵ֛שׁ הָאָמָ֥ה הַזֹּ֖את וְאֶת־בְּנָ֑הּ כִּ֣י לֹ֤א יִירַשׁ֙ בֶּן־הָאָמָ֣ה הַזֹּ֔את עִם־בְּנִ֖י עִם־יִצְחָֽק׃ She said to Abraham, “Cast out that slave-woman and her son, for the son of that slave shall ...


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Rashi brings the idea from the gemara in Bava Metzia 86b: "The Gemara continues its analysis of the verse: “Let now a little water be fetched and wash your feet” (Genesis 18:4). Rabbi Yannai, son of Rabbi Yishmael, said that the guests said to Abraham: Are you suspicious that we are Arabs who bow to the dust of their feet? Yishmael has already issued ...


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While I don't know whether Rashi meant this exactly, there were definitely Arabs at the time, i.e., there were nomadic tribes settled in Arabia that may be considered some of the ancestors of modern Arabs. Rabbi Philip Biberfeld in Universal Jewish History, vol. 1, pg. 92 calls them “pure Arabs”. These ancient Arabs were descendants of Yoktan, one of the ...


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The Bartenura 18:4 asks and answers this question. His answer is that Avraham did not think they were literally Arabs, as there were no Arabs at the time. Rather, Avraham thought that these 'men' acted in the same manner as Arabs later would, i.e. bowing to the dust of their feet.


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I don't think Rashi necessarily mean they were Arabs, especially as they are descendants of Ishmael who had no children at the time. Rashi translates the same word in Jeremiah 3:2 as "yoshev ohalim" (tent dwellers) a tent dweller, who is always found outside in the deserts, and because of this, he is called ערבי since he dwells in the ערבה, the ...


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