- a son of Jacob and Leah. Gen. 30:18.
- one of the 12 tribes of Israel.
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Examples from the Web for issachar
Issachar, who was putting coal on the office fire, turned his head.
I kind of hate to be left here alone with nobody but Issachar to lean on.
He held out his hand, and Issachar, after a momentary hesitation, took it.
And Issachar's expression and bearings were wonderful to see.
You remember Issachar was likened to an ass between two burdens.
- the fifth son of Jacob by his wife Leah (Genesis 30:17–18)
- the tribe descended from this patriarch
- the territory of this tribe
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Word Origin and History for issachar
son of Jacob by Leah (Old Testament), name of a biblical tribe of Israel, from Greek issakhar, from Hebrew Yissakhar, probably [Klein] from yesh sakhar "there is a reward" (cf. Gen. xxx:18).
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