In Lessons 12-14 we learned the word מְנוֹרָה (me·no·RAH, “lampstand”), and we mentioned that a representation of the menorah is at the center of the emblem of the State of Israel. In this lesson we will learn the Hebrew word יִשְׂרָאֵל (yis·ra·’EL, “Israel”).
Yis·ra·’EL appears 2,512 times in the Hebrew Scriptures. In Israel’s early history, a member of the nation was referred to as a “Hebrew”—Abraham is called a “Hebrew” in Gen. 14:13, and Jonah identifies himself as a “Hebrew” in Jonah 1:9. In Gen. 40:15 Joseph tells Pharaoh’s chief Cupbearer, “I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews.”
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