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The Biblical figure Abraham was the patriarch of the Israelites. His grandson Jacob became prosperous and ruled over a portion of Canaan territory around 1800 B.C.E. The name of the God of the Israelites was "El Shaddai" or "El". Jacob renamed himself "strength with God", which in ancient Hebrew is...
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     A common practice of ancestors who changed their name to assimilate into their new country, was to remove some of the letters of a name, sometimes purposely and sometimes through transcription. For example, one of my own ancestors who went by “Epke” was the son of Jacob...