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1653 BC - 1506 BC

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Jacob (; Hebrew: יַעֲקֹב‎, Modern: Yaʿaqōv , 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, Christianity, and Islam. Jacob first appears in the Book of Genesis, where he is described as the son of Isaac and Rebecca, and the grandson of Abraham, Sarah, and Bethuel. According to the biblical account, he was the second-born of Isaac's children, the elder being Jacob's fraternal twin brother, Esau. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jacob has received more than 6,979,938 page views. His biography is available in 90 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 88 in 2019). Jacob is the 14th most popular religious figure (down from 13th in 2019).

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

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  • 7.0M

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  • 85.53

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 90

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 15.10

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.14

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among religious figures, Jacob ranks 14 out of 2,238Before him are Paul the Apostle, Solomon, Saint Peter, John the Baptist, Zoroaster, and Saint Nicholas. After him are Pope John Paul II, Francis of Assisi, Aaron, Isaac, Saint George, and Saint Joseph.

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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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