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 6,285,813 page views. His biography is available in 88 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 84 in 2019). Jacob is the 13th most popular religious figure (up from 15th in 2019).

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

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  • 89.04

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  • 88

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  • 13.19

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.29

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among religious figures, Jacob ranks 13 out of 2,272Before him are Saint Peter, Paul the Apostle, Pope Francis, John the Baptist, Zoroaster, and Pope John Paul II. After him are Saint George, Francis of Assisi, Judas Iscariot, Elijah, Solomon, and John Calvin.

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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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