PRONOUNCED: IZ-ray-əl (English), IZ-ree-əl (English) [key]
Meaning & History
From the Hebrew name יִשְׂרָאֵל (Yisra'el)
meaning "God contended". 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.
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