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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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