The Coded Meaning of Israel

Pictures: Christogram from the Basilica San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy (left); Igbo ritual mask (right)


According to official records, the etymology and meaning of the word “Israel" (Hebrew Yisrael) remains still unsettled in spite of the abundance of suggestions. In Judaism, the term has never been fully explaind because, as will be shown, the etymological prefix and suffixes of the word originated from much older linguistic and religious traditions.