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  •  It can mean a lot of things... (0+ / 0-)

    but one must look at the context of time frame and who is doing the translating and when.

    It can also just mean descendant of Jacob.

    Remember Josephus comes to us in Greek not Hebrew so its all translation...

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    by fToRrEeEsSt on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 10:31:32 PM PST

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    •  You're reasoning backwards. (0+ / 0-)

      "Israel" means "descendant of Jacob" because in the story God gives Jacob the new name of Israel.  And he got that name because he (in the story) wrestled with God's angel.

      And we don't see Torah only in translation.   In services, the Torah is read in the original.  We don't need Josephus to translate it into Greek and then read a translation from Greek to English.  

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