Leaders of Israel (Judges)
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Israel, Place
Israel, Place A territory on the southeastern side of the Mediterranean Sea.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Israel (iz´ray-uhl; Heb., “may God contend” or possibly “may God rule”).1 The name given by God to Jacob, an ancestor of the people who would thereafter be known as the Israelites. In Gen. 32:28 Jacob is given the name “Israel” after a struggle with a divine being on the bank of the Jabbok (the name
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
ISRAEL (Heb. yiśrā’ēl, ‘God strives’). 1. The new name given to Jacob after his night of wrestling at Penuel: ‘Your name’, said his supernatural antagonist, ‘shall no more be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven [śārîṯā, from śārâ, ‘strive’] with God and with men, and have prevailed’ (Gn.
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
IsraelThe presence of the name “Israel” in the Gospels reminds us that Jesus lived among the people of the God* of the OT Scriptures, that these same people played an important role in the unfolding history of salvation,* and that Christ’s saving work continues to possess particular relevance for
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
IsraelPaul confesses openly that he himself is an Israelite, that he loves his kinfolk and desires their salvation. Despite their present rejection of the gospel, he refuses to regard them as irretrievably rejected by God. He sees them as bearers of a spiritual heritage which has now been opened up
Catholic Bible Dictionary
ISRAEL (Hebrew, possibly “one who strives with God”) The name given to Jacob after a night of wrestling at Peniel: “You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven [from the Hebrew śārâ, “strive”] with God and with humans, and have prevailed” (Gen 32:28). The renaming of Jacob
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Israel, Twelve Tribes
Israel, Twelve TribesAt its birth the Christian church had a lively sense of continuity with the historical Israel, as is clear from canonical books that relate to both the beginning of the NT period (the Gospels and the letters of Paul; see DJG, Israel; DPL, Israel) and its end (Revelation); this was
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Israel. The Hebrew nation, thought of as descending from the Patriarch Israel (*Jacob). Acc. to Gen. 32:28, the name Israel was bestowed upon Jacob by the mysterious divine stranger with whom he wrestled at Peniel; and it is frequently used of Jacob from this point in the narrative. The twelve tribes
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Is´rael (the prince that prevails with God).1. The name given, Gen. 32:28, to Jacob after his wrestling with the angel, Hos. 12:4, at Peniel. Gesenius interprets Israel “soldier of God.”2. It became the national name of the twelve tribes collectively. They are so called in Ex. 3:16 and afterward.3.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Israelthe name conferred on Jacob after the great prayer-struggle at Peniel (Gen. 32:28), because “as a prince he had power with God and prevailed.” (See JACOB.) This is the common name given to Jacob’s descendants. The whole people of the twelve tribes are called “Israelites,” the “children of Israel” (Josh.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
IsraelIsrael, the collective name of the twelve tribes descended from Jacob, whose name was also ‘Israel’ (Gen. 32:28; 35:10). In the Bible the people are called ‘the children of Israel’ (usually rendered ‘the people of Israel’ by the rsv) or simply ‘Israel.’ As a political designation ‘Israel’ refers
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
IsraelThe name Israel is used in the Bible with a number of referents. Traditionally associated with the ancestor Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel after a nocturnal wrestling match with a mysterious figure (perhaps God) in Genesis 32, the name was subsequently applied to various collective entities
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