noun Etymology: Hebrew Naphtālī Date: 14th century a son of Jacob and the traditional eponymous ancestor of one of the tribes of Israel

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  • NAPHTALI — (Heb. נַפְתָּלִי), the sixth son of Jacob and second son of Bilhah, Rachel s maid (Gen. 30:7). The name is said to derive from Rachel s words, A fateful contest (naftule) I waged (niftalti) with my sister; yes, and I have prevailed (Gen. 30:8).… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Naphtali — m Biblical: name, probably meaning ‘wrestling’ in Hebrew, borne by one of the sons of Jacob. The traditional explanation is given in the following quotation: ‘and Rachel said, with great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have… …   First names dictionary

  • Naphtali — Naphtăli, Sohn Jakobs und der Bilha, Ahnherr des Stammes N. im östl. Obergaliläa, der seit den Kämpfen unter Debora (Richter 5, 18) nicht mehr erwähnt wird …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Naphtali — Naphtali, Sohn Jakobs und der Bilha, Erzvater eines israelit. Stammes, der in Nordpalästina neben Asser und Sebulon wohnte …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Naphtali — [naf′tə lī΄] n. [Heb < naphtulim; wrestlings: see Gen. 30:8] Bible 1. Jacob s sixth son, whose mother was Bilhah: Gen. 30:7 8 2. the tribe of Israel descended from him: Num. 1:43 …   English World dictionary

  • Naphtali — According to the Book of Genesis, Naphtali (  /ˈ …   Wikipedia

  • Naphtali — /naf teuh luy /, n. 1. the sixth son of Jacob and Bilhah. Gen. 30:7,8. 2. one of the 12 tribes of Israel, traditionally descended from Naphtali. * * * ▪ Hebrew tribe       one of the 12 tribes that in biblical times constituted the people of… …   Universalium

  • Naphtali — A northern tribe taking its name from a son of Jacob (Gen. 30:7–8) and occupying a strip of land west of the Sea of Galilee. Barak from Kedesh in Naphtali was inspired by Deborah to rout the forces of Sisera (Judg. 4:6–10). Later Naphtali was… …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • Naphtali — noun a) Sixth son of Jacob, by his wifes handmaid Bilhah. b) One of the Israelite tribes, descended from Naphtali …   Wiktionary

  • Naphtali —    My wrestling, the fifth son of Jacob. His mother was Bilhah, Rachel s handmaid (Gen. 30:8). When Jacob went down into Egypt, Naphtali had four sons (Gen. 46:24). Little is known of him as an individual …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

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