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YIśRāʾēL > YISRA'EL
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This name derives from the Hebrew biblical given name “Yiśrāʾēl > Yisra'el”, meaning “God contended”. The patriarch Jacob was given the name Israel "Triumphant with God", "who prevails with God" after he wrestled with the angel (Genesis 32:28 and 35:10). The name already occurs in Eblaite and Ugaritic texts as a common name. The name already occurs in Eblaite and Ugaritic texts as a common name. Other possible meanings include "the prince of God" (from the King James Version) or "El fights / struggles". Jacob's descendants came to be known as the Israelites, eventually forming the tribes of Israel and ultimately the kingdom of Israel, from whence the name of modern day Israel.

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