The name Israel means "prince with God, or, power with God

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The name Israel means "prince with God, or, power with God

Postby st louis steve on Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:26 pm

The name Israel means "prince with God, or, power with God.". Once again, Genesis 32:28 says, "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 prevailed.". www.libertygospeltracts.com/question/pr ... cbname.htm The Etymological Origin of the Word ‘Israel’ https://hebrewnuggets.org/nugget-216-is ... -with-god/

According to Webster, etymology is, “the tracing of a word back as far as possible in its own language.” The first occurrence of the word ‘Israel’ (yisrael) – יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל in the Hebrew Bible is found in this week’s Torah portion in Genesis 32:28. In this passage, the angel of the LORD confronts the patriarch Jacob at Peniel and changes his name: “Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.” What does ‘Israel’ ( יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל <-) mean? First, note that the last two letters, אל, (El), is one of the names for God and occurs 6,581 times in the Hebrew T’nakh. [The longer form of this word is אלוהים (Elohim) and occurs 2,602 times in the T’nakh.]

The first three Hebrew letters in the name, ישר are a bit more tricky, but the verse where it first occurs here in Genesis gives us a big clue. Let’s look at the Hebrew:

וַיֹּאמֶר לֹא יַעֲקֹב יֵאָמֵר עוֹד שִׁמְךָ כִּי אִם־יִשְׂרָאֵל כִּי־שָׂרִיתָ עִם־אֱלֹהִים וְעִם־אֲנָשִׁים וַתּוּכָל׃ <-

I have highlighted in red the word שָׂרִ֧יתָ – sah-ritah which means ‘power’. The root of this word is שרה and The Complete Hebrew/English Dictionary by Alcalay gives the meaning as, ‘to struggle, strive, contend; to be a ruler”. This verb is from the family (binyan) called lamed-hey and these verbs are tricky because the last letter, ה (hey) becomes a ת (tav) in certain conjugations making it hard to determine the root! If we put vowels on this root, we have the word, שָׂרָה (sah-rah) which we know as the English name, Sarah. Remember that Sarah’s name meant ‘princess’. The masculine equivalent is שָׂרָ (sar) which means ‘prince’.

The first letter in the name, the letter י (yod) is the prefix that denotes the future tense masculine singular for verbs, thus changing the meaning given by Alcalay above to ‘he will struggle’, “he will strive”, “he will be a ruler”. When this meaning is paired with God’s name, El, we see that ישראל means ‘he will strive with God’ and ‘he will rule’. Which is exactly what the heavenly messenger told Jacob when He changed his name to Israel! https://hebrewnuggets.org/nugget-216-is ... -with-god/
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