Eve's fight with the serpent
- The wild men like Ismael, Esau, and Eabani/Enkidu represents the original wisdoms filled, untouched by the physical Ahrimanian, in other words, they represent Lucifer, the Serpent.
In connection with man leaving Paradise it was told that woman and serpent would be enemies, and that we see, both with Sarah and Ismael, Rebecca and Esau, and with Ishtar and Eabani.
From What had Sarah seen ?
Hence Sarah could only remove the wild man Ishmael by banishing him, but since Abraham had treated Ishmael as his son from the child's birth, banishing him would be tantamount to giving Ishmael a reward: even though he had not adopted his father's spiritual values, upon his father's death he would be eligible to receive his inheritance, which was in part spiritual, and as a free man his property would not be subject to control by Isaac. However, if Abraham himself were to banish the son born him by his maidservant, that would be tantamount to declaring him not a legitimate heir and would express his dissatisfaction with Ishmael's actions, behavior which apparently led to G-d's directive, "in all that Sarah saith unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall seed be called to thee (21:12)," notwithstanding the fact that "As for the son of the slave-woman I will make a nation of him, too, because he is your seed" (Gen. 21:13).
Sarah's clairvoyance warded off violent confrontation between Isaac and Ishmael, unlike the way relations developed between Jacob and Esau. Ultimately Ishmael recognized his own spiritual inadequacy and Isaac's superiority. However he also viewed Isaac as a brother, as emerges from the account of their next meeting: "And Abraham expired, dying at a good ripe age, old and contented; and he was gathered to his kin. His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him" (Gen. 25:8-9), on which Genesis Rabbah 62:3 remarks, "Here the son of the bondwoman paid homage to the son of the mistress."