Comments for the name Jacob

Comments for JACOB:

The act of holding a heel is a Hebrew symobl for deception. Thus, the word Jacob has also been associated with deception.
-- joluha  10/11/2005
The true meaning of Jacob is deceiver and God changed his name to Israel which means Prince of God.
-- Miss Es  11/21/2005
There are now many Biblical scholars who don't accept the derivation of Jacob from "heel" or "supplanter" but believe that is a folk etymology created for the Biblical story, with the real original meaning of Jacob going back to Semitic roots meaning "may God protect." [noted -ed]

For some references to the above interpretation see:
http://www.hope.edu/bandstra/RTOT/CH2/CH2_2A.HTM
http://www.usccb.org/nab/bible/genesis/genesis25.htm
http://faculty.gordon.edu/hu/bi/Ted_Hildebrandt/OTeSources/01-Genesis/Text/Articles-Books/Ross_JacobPeniel_BSac.htm.
-- clevelandkentevans  3/19/2006

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