1653 BC - 1506 BC

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Jacob (; Hebrew: יַעֲקֹב, Modern: , Tiberian: Yaʿăqōḇ; Arabic: يَعْقُوب, romanized: Yaʿqūb; Greek: Ἰακώβ, romanized: Iakṓb), later given the name Israel, is regarded as a patriarch of the Israelites and is an important figure in Abrahamic religions, such as Judaism, Samaritanism, Christianity, and Islam. Jacob first appears in the Book of Genesis, originating from the Hebrew tradition in the Torah. Described as the son of Isaac and Rebecca, and the grandson of Abraham, Sarah, and Bethuel, Jacob is presented as the second-born among Isaac's children. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jacob has received more than 8,560,103 page views. His biography is available in 94 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 90 in 2019). Jacob is the 15th most popular religious figure.

Jacob is most famous for being the father of the twelve tribes of Israel.

Memorability Metrics

  • 8.6M

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  • 85.77

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 94

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 13.62

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.41

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among religious figures, Jacob ranks 15 out of 3,187Before him are Pope Francis, Solomon, Saint Joseph, John the Baptist, Saint Nicholas, and Tutankhamun. After him are Aaron, Pope John Paul II, Francis of Assisi, Saint George, Andrew the Apostle, and Isaac.

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Among people born in 1653 BC, Jacob ranks 1 Among people deceased in 1506 BC, Jacob ranks 1

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