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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.]
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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]
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(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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[ˈdʒeɪkəb] NJacob
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Among their topics are the Wooing of Rebekah and the methodological rift between tradition history and reception history, Abraham and the sacrifice of Isaac in early Jewish and Christian exegesis: conceptual patterns in development, the prodigal son and his angry brother: Jacob and Esau in a parable of Jesus, Abraham and Hellenismos in Julian the Apostate's Contra Galilaeos: challenging Christian knowledge about the divine, and Syrians and the appeal to Abraham in the early Islamic times.
But the trouble starts right away as Jacob and Esau struggle in the womb and a simmering conflict ensues between the brothers and their parents.
Biblical exegesis isn't a genre that readers expect to encounter in Inroads, but please bear with me as I summarize Sacks's reimagining of the story of Jacob and Esau. Before I do that, however, we need to step back and look at the question of how religious texts are meant to be read.
Robert Hornback's essay on "The Jacob and Esau Paradigm: Nicholas Udall's Predestinarian Problem Comedy" provides a powerful case in point.
In the Book of Genesis, the story of Jacob and Esau describes how Jacob deceived their ailing father to steal Esau's inheritance.
Slights, "The Reformed Conscience: Woodes, Marlowe, and Shakespeare" (21-40); Daniel Cadman, "Stoicism, Calvinism, and Determinism in Fulke Greville's Alaham" (41-62); Robert Hornback, "The Jacob and Esau Paradigm: Nicholas Udall's Predestinarian Problem Comedy" (63-82).
When Jacob and Esau subsequently meet, Jacob tells his brother that seeing him is like seeing the face of God.
Bless Israel; Be Blessed isn't a spiritual read for the faint-hearted: it's a studious examination of scripture, it comes from the Senior Pastor of Myanmar Philadelphia Pentecostal Church, and it's a narrowed focus upon the biblical story of Jacob and Esau and how it gave birth to the country known as Israel.
The topics include Marian verse as politically oppositional poetry in Elizabethan England, performance and Parshanut: The Historie of Jacob and Esau, biblical and rabbinic intertextuality in George Herbert's "The Collar" and "The Pearl," some literary and historiographical challenges in reading funeral sermons for early modern English women, and the language of tragic community in King Lear.
For the biblical Jacob, the name of the game was first Esau's birthright and then his father's dying blessing; for the American Jacob and Esau, there was first 250 years of slavery, then another hundred years of Jim Crow; first, the whip, and then the abominable lynching tree.
In this momentous face-to-face meeting between Jacob and Esau, the first in twenty years, it is fascinating to note how versions of the word panim--in its root form p-n--run like a leitmotiv throughout the verses.
Venus, Mars and Earth - in ascending order of ANSWERS: 1 Sixty-six; 2 Jacob and Esau; 3 Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter; 4 Coda; 5 Stonewall; 6 A putt so short it can be conceded; 7 Guys and Dolls; 8 Zetland; 9 Total Recall; 10 Sir Learie Constantine.