Israel [N] [B] [E] [H]
(the prince that prevails with God ).
- The name given, ( Genesis 32:28 ) to Jacob after his wrestling with the angel, ( Hosea 12:4 ) at Peniel. Gesenius interprets Israel "soldier of God."
- It became the national name of the twelve tribes collectively. They are so called in ( Exodus 3:16 ) and afterward.
- It is used in a narrower sense, excluding Judah, in ( 1 Samuel 11:8 ; 2 Samuel 20:1 ; 1 Kings 12:16 ) Thenceforth it was assumed and accepted as the name of the northern kingdom.
- After the Babylonian captivity, the returned exiles resumed the name Israel as the designation of their nation. The name Israel is also used to denote lay-men, as distinguished from priests, Levites and other ministers. ( Ezra 6:16 ; 9:1 ; 10:25 ; Nehemiah 11:3 ) etc.
[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[B] indicates this entry was also found in Baker's Evangelical Dictionary
[E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary
[H] indicates this entry was also found in Hitchcock's Bible Names
[J] indicates this entry was also found in Jack Van Impe's Prophecy Dictionary
Bibliography InformationSmith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Israel'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.