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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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After his expulsion from Spain in 1492, Jacob ibn Habib created the En Yaaqov, a collection of Talmudic aggadah (nonlegal material), by removing the majority of the Talmud's legal portions but preserving the chapter order of the remaining material and adding his own introduction and running commentary.
Los rabinos Aharon Lichtenstein, de 78 anos, y Yaaqov Medan, de 61, difundieron un manifiesto el lunes 19 en el que aseguraron que "estos tipos han cruzado todas las lineas rojas" y pedian a los colonos denunciar a los perpetradores.
Two new plans of division were suggested: one of them stipulated the inclusion of Galilee under mandate and it also presented a Jewish state dimensionally reduced as that of Peel Commission, while the second plan went on the same idea of diminishing the territory of the future Jewish state to the territory between the coast region Zikhron Yaaqov and Rehovoth, while the North of Palestine and the field region between Esdraelon and Jezreel together with the semi-arid regions from the South of Palestine were to be placed under another mandate.