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Scriptsיִשְׂרָאֵל Hebrew Ισραηλ Ancient Greek
PronouncedPron.IZ-ray-əl English
IZ-ree-əl English
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Meaning & History

From the Hebrew name יִשְׂרָאֵל (Yisra'el) meaning "God contends", from the roots שָׂרָה (sarah) meaning "to contend, to fight" and אֵל ('el) meaning "God". In the Old Testament Israel (who was formerly named Jacob; see Genesis 32:28) wrestles with an angel. The ancient and modern states of Israel took their names from him.
VariantsIser, Issur, Sroel Yiddish
DiminutivesIssy, Izzy English
Other Languages & CulturesYisra'el Biblical Hebrew Israhel Biblical Latin Yisra'el, Yisrael Hebrew
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Images

Jacob wrestling the angel, in a detail from a fresco by Eugène Delacroix (1861)Jacob wrestling the angel, in a detail from a fresco by Eugène Delacroix (1861)

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Entry updated July 11, 2018   Contribute