Part one of a four-part series on the Hebrew word Israel.
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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David N. Bivin is founder and editor of Jerusalem Perspective. A native of Cleveland, Oklahoma, U.S.A., Bivin has lived in Israel since 1963, when he came to Jerusalem on a Rotary Foundation Fellowship to do postgraduate work at the Hebrew University. He studied at the Hebrew… [Read more about author]