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Jacob

Picture description: Jacob Wrestling with the Angel by Alexander Louis Leloir
Picture copyright: public domain

bible verse

Genesis 25:19

meaning

The name came from the Hebrew name יַעֲקֹב (Ya’aqov), meaning “supplanter” and “holder of the heel”. Jacob was the son of Isaac and Rebecca. When he was born, he came out of Rebecca’s womb with his hand grasping his twin brother Esau’s heel and so he was given the name.
As recounted in the Old Testament, Jacob gave Esau some lentil stew in exchange for his birthright. He then disguised himself as Esau to deceive Isaac for his blessings, so his name also carried the meaning of “supplanter”.
After wrestling with an angel, God changed his name to Israel because he had struggled with God and with men and had overcome. Later on his twelve sons became the twelve tribes of Israel.

gender

Male

example

Keywords

angel    Esau    holder    Isaac    Israel    Jacob    lentil    wrestle   

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