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Issachar (Son of Jacob)

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Integrity – Jesuit Order

Volume 13
Editor(s): Dale C. Allison, Jr., Christine Helmer, Volker Leppin, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski
De Gruyter (Berlin, Boston) 2016

Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

John E. Anderson

Issachar is the ninth son of Jacob, the fifth by Leah. Despite no significant actions recorded of him in the Bible, Issachar’s name lived on as the eponymous ancestor of the tribe of Issachar. The name thus has a double referent: the son of Jacob and the tribe of Israel.…

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