Whatever else it may be, it is not a reliable account of such memorable events as compel their own immortality in the memories and through the written records of mankind. The conspicuous ethical faults of Abraham and Isaac alike are want of candor and want of courage. At any rate, this partiality defeated itself because it overreached itself. Instead, we recommend that you pay a greater attention to the origin and meaning of the name Jacob. Next came the 4 sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, the personal slaves of the two wives (compare ABRAHAM, iv, 2); the two pairs of sons were probably of about the same age (compare order in Genesis 49). Safety from his foes was again a gift of God (Genesis 35:5), and in a renewal of the old forgotten ideals of consecration (Genesis 35:2-8), he and all his following move from the painful associations of Shechem to the hallowed associations of Beth-el. Jacob was the father of twelve sons, who gave their names to the twelve tribes of Israel. Or, lastly, there is added to 'El some determining title, with the force of an adjective, as Shaddai (translated "Almighty") in 35:11 (compare 43:3). He called the name of the place Mahanaim, i.e., "the double camp," probably his own camp and that of the angels. It has same or different meanings in other countries and languages. The new name of Israel, hitherto so ill deserved, is henceforth to find realization in his life; his fathers' God is to be his God; his seed is to inherit the land of promise, and is to be no mean tribe, but a group of peoples with kings to rule over them like the nations round about (Genesis 35:9-12). You do not want to explain yourself to people. French: Jacques. Finnish: Jaako. It is a cognate of James. Under his two names this personage Jacob or Israel is more frequently mentioned than any other in the whole of sacred history. In place of these discredited views Gunkel (compare also Gressmann, ZATW, 1910, 1) makes of Jacob simply a character in the stories (marvelous, humorous, pathetic and the like) current in ancient Israel, especially on the lips of the professional story-teller. cit., 158). God gave to Isaac twin sons, Esau and Jacob, the latter at birth taking the former by the heel. Losses and griefs characterized the family life of the patriarch at this period. Throughout the entire story of Jacob, therefore, his relations with Yahweh his God, after they were once established (Genesis 28:13-16), are narrated in terms that emphasize the Divinity of Him who had thus entered into covenant-relationship with him: His Divinity--that is to say, those attributes in which His Divinity manifested itself in His dealings with Jacob.