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In the Bible, the name Israel (Hebr. Yisraʾel) designates both the nation or community and the Promised Land (erets Yisraʾel). From its first attestations in biblical and ancient Near Eastern sources to the naming of the modern state, the meaning of the concept shifted several times.

1. Origin and meaning

1.1 Etymology

The Hebrew word for Israel – Yisraʾel – is composed of the suffix “ʾel” and a predicate. The appended “ʾel” is the personal name of the venerated Go…

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Wagner, Thomas, “Israel”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 28 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0336>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20200106

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