Israel

(Hebrew: yisräël, he that striveth with God)

The name given to Jacob after wrestling with the Angel (Genesis 32). His descendants called themselves "Sons of Israel" (Be-ne Yis-ra-el), and spoke of their nation as "Israel." Their neighbors called them "Hebrews" (Ibh-ri), which name they accordingly adopted when speaking about themselves to others not of their nation (Genesis 39; Exodus 1; 1 Kings 4).

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