A Hebrew patriarch (son of Isaac, and ancestor of the Jews), who in a vision saw a ladder reaching up to heaven (Gen. xxviii. 12); -- also called Israel.
Grandson of Sarah and Abraham, and second son of Isaac and Rebecca, he is remembered for having bought his brother's birthright. Also, Genesis reports that he and his mother tricked his father into giving the inheritance and the paternal blessing to him rather than to his elder brother, Esau. He fled the country and went to live with his uncle, Laban, and later married Laban's two daughters, Leah and Rachel.
(Old Testament) son of Isaac; brother of Esau; father of the twelve patriarchs of Israel; Jacob wrestled with God and forced God to bless him, so God gave Jacob the new name of Israel (meaning `one who has been strong against God')
The second son of Isaac and Rebekah; he was the twin brother of Esau; his name was changed to Israel after he wrestled with God at the Jabbok River; he became the recipient of the ancestral promises and his twelve sons because the tribes of Israel. See Chapter 2.
Hebrew Ya'akov. Found in the Greek NT as Iakob, Iakobo, Iakobos, and Iakobon. The latter three have been traditionally translated as James since at least the 14th century. The English name â€œJamesâ€ appears to come from Hebrew Yaakov through Greek Iakobos and late Latin Iacomus. In the Latin Vulgate it is Iacobo, Iacobus, Iacobi, and Iacobum (Aramaic Yacob).
Jacob or Ya'akov, (Hebrew: ×™Ö·×¢Ö²×§Ö¹×‘, Standard Tiberian ; Arabic: ÙŠØ¹Ù‚ÙˆØ¨, ; "holds the heel"), also known as Israel (Hebrew: ×™Ö´×©Ö°×‚×¨Ö¸×Öµ×œ, Standard Tiberian ; Arabic: Ø§Ø³Ø±Ø§Ø¦ÙŠÙ„, ; "Struggled with God"), is the third Biblical patriarch. His father is Isaac, and his grandfather is Abraham. Jacob plays a major part in some of the later events in the Book of Genesis.
In the Book of Mormon, Jacob (Hebrew ×™×¢×§×‘ YaÊ¿ÄƒqÅá¸‡ "Holder of the heel; supplanter") is a younger brother of the prophet Nephi, and becomes the prophet himself after Nephi's death.
Jacob is a common male first name and a less well-known surname. As of 2005 it is the most popular baby name for boys in United States. It is a cognate of James.