What country's name means "he that
fights with with God"?
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The name Israel derives from the Hebrew yisra'el, he that fights with God, which in turn
derives from sara, he fights, and
El, God. This is the name that God gave to
Jacob (and all his descendants) after their Greek-myth-like wrestling
Source: Genesis 32:
And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking
of the day.
25 And when he saw that he
prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow
of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.
26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh.
And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he
28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but
Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast
29 And Jacob
asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is
it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.
30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel:
for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
31 And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon
him, and he halted upon his thigh.
Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is
upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of
Jacob's thigh in the sinew that shrank."
It's usually rendered "struggles with
swhite at & aei.mpg.de
actually more like "struggles" or "wrestles" than "fights." Which of course is
great food for thought, isn't it?!
gellman at & wgglaw.com
Interesting that you chose as your
translation of the Bible a version (King James, I'm supposing?) that in fact
chooses to translate the operative word (sarita) as "you are a prince" from
"sar" (prince), and not from the more accurate "you have
struggled/wrestled/striven" from "sarah", (to strive). Also, a small footnote:
the Hebrew Bible renders that verse as 29, as their numbering starts the
chapter with "And Laban awoker early in the morning..." (called in Xtian
turnip%% at & bcpl.net
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