Who Was Jacob in The Bible?
Jacob in the bible is Essau's brother and the patriarch Isaac's son.
He is also the Father of the 12 tribes of Israel which are named after his sons. His most popular son is Joseph.
His name was changed from Jacob to Israel, which means "prince with God" after wrestling the angel of the Lord and prevailing.
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More Facts We Know About The Patriarch, Jacob
- Jacob was the younger twin brother of Esau.
- He was the son of Isaac and Rebecca
- Jacob was a twin in the womb with Esau his brother.
- Esau was a skilled hunter, while Jacob was a quiet man who stayed among the tents (Genesis 25:27).
- Jacob is a biblical hero who depicts the power and grace of God to change and renew.
- The names Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob appear often as a group when listing the Jewish Patriarchs and in reference to God being the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
- Jacob is considered as a heel catcher or deceiver.
- Jacob was a shrewed and deceitful con man who tricked his brother Esau and lied to his father Isaac. But as we know, the plan of God for His life was still fulfilled in the midst of the deceit.
- Jacob is the grandson of Abraham and Sarah and the son of Isaac and Rebecca.
Scripture about Jacob Plotting With His Mother To Get His Brother's Birthright
Genesis 27:9-14 9 Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth:
Jacob Wrestles With The Angel of The Lord
Genesis 34:24-32 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. 25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. 26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. 28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
29 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.
30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. 31 And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh. 32 Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob's thigh in the sinew that shrank.