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God, the God of Israel

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

el-e-lo'-he-iz'-ra-el, el-el'-o-he-iz'-ra-el ('el 'elohe yisra'el, translated "God, the God of Israel" in the American Revised Version, margin and the King James Version margin):

Found only in Genesis 33:20 as the name given to the altar erected at Shechem by Jacob, henceforth, known as Israel, on the parcel of ground purchased by him from the inhabitants of Shechem, his first encampment of length and importance since the return to Palestine from Paddan-aram and the eventful night at Peniel (Genesis 32:30). This unusual combination of names has given occasion for much speculation and for various text emendations. Already the Septuagint sought to meet the difficulty by reading wa-yiqra' 'el 'elohe yisra'el, "and he called upon the God of Israel," instead of the wa-yiqra' lo 'el of Massoretic Text, "and he called it El" etc. Wellhausen, followed by Dillmann, Driver and others, changes "altar" to "pillar," because the Hebrew verb, hitstsibh, is used with mitstsbhah, "pillar," in Genesis 35:14, 20, so making this religious act a parallel to that at Bethel. But Delitzsch, New Commentary on Genesis, properly rejects this purely fanciful change, and understands the compound name as the altar's inscription. Dillmann well suggests that "altar" (or "pillar") be supplied, reading thus: "called it the altar of El, the God of Israel." The peculiar phrase is best and most readily understood in its close connection with the struggle at Peniel, recorded in Genesis 32. Being victorious in that struggle, Jacob received the new name "Israel"; and to his first altar in Palestine he gave that name of God which appeared in his own new name, further explaining it by the appositive phrase "Elohe-Israel." Thus, his altar was called, or dedicated to, "El, the God of Israel."

Edward Mack

Strong's Hebrew
415. El Elohe Yisrael -- "the mighty God of Israel," an altar of ...
... mighty God of Israel," an altar of Jacob. Transliteration: El Elohe Yisrael Phonetic
Spelling: (ale el-o-hay' yis-raw-ale') Short Definition: El-Elohe-Israel. ...
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Chapter xxxiii
... a hundred kesitas. There he erected an altar and called it: El-Elohe-Israel
(ie A Mighty God is the God of Israel). How long the ...
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Eleloheisrael (1 Occurrence)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia EL-ELOHE-ISRAEL. el-e-lo'-he ... Edward Mack.
Multi-Version Concordance Eleloheisrael (1 Occurrence). Genesis 33 ...
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El-elohe-Israel (1 Occurrence)
El-elohe-Israel. Eleloheisrael, El-elohe-Israel. El-el'ohe-Israel . Int. ...
Eleloheisrael, El-elohe-Israel. El-el'ohe-Israel . Reference Bible.
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El-el'ohe-Israel (1 Occurrence)
El-el'ohe-Israel. El-elohe-Israel, El-el'ohe-Israel. EleloheIsreal . ... Genesis
33:20 And he erected there an altar, and called it El-elohe-Israel. (See RSV). ...
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Names (133 Occurrences)
... 2. 'El-'Elohe-Israel: The name 'El is combined with a number of descriptive adjectives
to represent God in His various attributes; and these by usage have ...
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Elohe (1 Occurrence)
... Multi-Version Concordance Elohe (1 Occurrence). Genesis 33:20 He erected an altar
there, and called it ElEloheIsrael. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS NIV). ...
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El (8 Occurrences)
... (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV). Genesis 33:20 He
erected an altar there, and called it ElEloheIsrael. (WEB ...
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Elegant (2 Occurrences)

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Erected (26 Occurrences)
... the LORD. (WBS). Genesis 33:20 He erected an altar there, and called it
ElEloheIsrael. (WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS NAS RSV). Genesis 35 ...
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Shechem (61 Occurrences)
... Genesis 33:19). Here also he raised an altar and called it El-Elohe-Israel,
"God, the God of Israel" (Genesis 33:20). Then follows ...
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