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In the Bible, the son of Isaac and grandson of Abraham. His 12 sons became the progenitors of the 12 tribes of Israel.

[Late Latin Iacōbus, from Greek Iakōb, from Hebrew ya'ăqōb, (God) has protected; see ʕqb in Semitic roots.]


1. (Bible) Old Testament the son of Isaac, twin brother of Esau, and father of the twelve patriarchs of Israel
2. (Animals) Also called: Jacob sheep any of an ancient breed of sheep having a fleece with dark brown patches and two or four horns
[sense 2 in allusion to Genesis 30:40]


(ˈdʒeɪ kəb)

a son of Isaac and Rebekah, younger twin of Esau, and father of the 12 patriarchs. Gen. 24:24–34.
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Noun1.Jacob - French biochemist who (with Jacques Monod) studied regulatory processes in cells (born in 1920)
2.Jacob - (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')
Old Testament - the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; the first half of the Christian Bible
patriarch - any of the early biblical characters regarded as fathers of the human race


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Sites of this age with abundant faunal evidence are few and far between, and currently the best is arguably the Acheulian site of Gesher Benot Ya'aqov (GBY), Israel, c.
Avi Gopher of TAU's Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies examined the published data, which described animal bones associated with Homo erectus at the Acheulian site of Gesher Benot Ya'aqov in Israel, they found that elephant bones made up only two to three percent the total.
Thousands of Israelis make annual trips to the neighboring Egypt to celebrate the birthday of Rabbi Ya'aqov Abu Ha'seira, a 19th-century Moroccan Jew who was considered a holy man and is buried in Egypt about 156 km north of Cairo.
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The Secular poetry of El'azar ben Ya'aqov ha-Bavli; Baghdad, thirteenth century; on the basis of manuscript Firkovicz Heb.
Naama Goren-Inbar's team tested almost 75,000 fragments from a site at Gesher Benot Ya'aqov.
Such is the case of Rabbi Ya'aqov Wazana, the subject of Yoram Bilu's illuminating book, Without Bounds: The Life and Death of Rabbi Ya'aqov Wazana (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2000).
The excavation site at Gesher Benot Ya'aqov may reflect the dispersal of early humans along this route.