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Jacob, in the Old Testament, son of Isaac and Rebecca, ancestor of the Israelites. He fled after tricking his older twin, Esau, out of his birthright. He settled in Mesopotamia, later returning to Canaan. After wrestling with an angel, he was given the name Israel. He had 2 wives, Leah and her younger sister, Rachel. (Gen. 25–50.)

See also: Bible; Old Testament.

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