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Joel (; Hebrew: יוֹאֵל – Yōʾēl; Greek: Ἰωήλ – Iōḗl; Syriac: ܝܘܐܝܠ – Yu'il) was an Israelite prophet, the second of the twelve minor prophets and according to the book itself the author of the Book of Joel. He is mentioned by name only once in the Hebrew Bible, in the introduction to that book, as the son of Pethuel (Joel 1:1). The name Joel combines the covenant name of God, YHWH (or Yahweh), and El (god), and has been translated as "YHWH is God" or "one to whom YHWH is God," that is, a worshiper of YHWH. Scholars view Joel as having been completed in the Ptolemaic period (c. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joel has received more than 213,711 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Joel is the 318th most popular religious figure (up from 394th in 2019), the 45th most popular biography from Israel (up from 53rd in 2019) and the 26th most popular Israeli Religious Figure.

Joel is most famous for his song "Piano Man."

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  • 210k

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  • 71.00

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 40

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 10.91

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.24

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among religious figures, Joel ranks 318 out of 3,187Before him are Pope Sergius III, Pope Gregory VI, Joseph of Arimathea, Pope Clement II, Cyprian, and Pope Nicholas I. After him are Pope Innocent I, Pope Alexander IV, Saint Monica, Saint Ursula, Pope Sixtus I, and Muhammad al-Mahdi.

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Among people born in 1 BC, Joel ranks 2Before him is Saint Peter. After him are Abgar V, Pothinus, Herod of Chalcis, Onjo of Baekje, Parthenius of Nicaea, Lucius Arruntius Camillus Scribonianus, Artaxias II of Iberia, and Gnaeus Cornelius Lentulus Marcellinus. Among people deceased in 301 BC, Joel ranks 1After him are Antigonus I Monophthalmus, Titus Manlius Imperiosus Torquatus, and Aristobulus of Cassandreia.

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In Israel

Among people born in Israel, Joel ranks 45 out of 466Before him are Eusebius (265), Ehud Barak (1942), Judas Maccabeus (-200), William of Tyre (1130), Joseph of Arimathea (100), and Dinah (-1700). After him are Amos Oz (1939), Ehud Olmert (1945), Hezekiah (-800), Procopius (500), Daniel Kahneman (1934), and Josiah (-648).


Among religious figures born in Israel, Joel ranks 26Before him are Ahmed Yassin (1937), Joachim (-100), Matthias the Apostle (1), Eusebius (265), Judas Maccabeus (-200), and Joseph of Arimathea (100). After him are James, son of Alphaeus (-10), Barabbas (1), Nehemiah (-490), Micah (-737), Rabbi Akiva (50), and Haggai (-550).