Q. 1. I heard that the word "Israel" has three meaning. Is this true? If so, what are the meanings of the word Israel?
A. 1. Indeed, the word "Israel" has three meanings. They are:
- Isarel is the name that was given to the Patriarch Jacob. [Gen. 32:28]
- Later, it was given to the nation that was formed of his twelve sons and their descendants.
- In 930 B.C., after the death of King Solomon, the nation split in two kingdoms. The 10 tribes to the North were called "the Kingdom of Israel" or "Israel." The other two tribes to the South were called the "Kingdom of Judah."