Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online

Get access

Jacob יעק(ו)ב
(964 words)

I. Name

Jacob son of Isaac is the eponym of the bĕnê yaʿăqôb (Gen. 34.7, Gen. 13; Gen. 35.5; Ps. 77.16), more frequently called bêt yaʿăqôb. He became the most colourful and revered ancestor of the early Israelite confederation. The name Jacob is most probably a hypocoristicon of Jacob-El frequently found in Mesopotamia from the early second millennium bce onwards (Freedman 1963:125–126; de Vaux 1971:192–193) and also carried by a 16th dynasty Hyksos-ruler (de Vaux 1971:193 and n. 85, see …

Cite this page
M. Dijkstra, “Jacob יעק(ו)ב”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 09 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Jacob>



▲   Back to top   ▲