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[is-uh-kahr] /ˈɪs əˌkɑr/
a son of Jacob and Leah. Gen. 30:18.
one of the 12 tribes of Israel. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Issachar an overburdened drudge, which stoops between two burdens.

    The Religious Life of London J. Ewing Ritchie
  • Issachar, he contends, remained with the Medes and Persians.

    Diary in America, Series Two Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  • Aziel bowed his head, remembering that Issachar had foretold also that for Elissa and for him there was hope beyond the grave.

    Elissa H. Rider Haggard
  • And Issachar's expression and bearings were wonderful to see.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Issachar shall be a strong ass, lying down between the borders.

  • Presently he found him seeking for Issachar in company with his guards.

    Elissa H. Rider Haggard
  • Well might Issachar think “that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant.”

  • Thereon Sakon, her father, and Aziel blessed him, but Issachar said nothing.

    Elissa H. Rider Haggard
  • It seems to me, Issachar, that you are somewhat over zealous for my welfare.

    Elissa H. Rider Haggard
  • Upon reaching the palace, Aziel went to the apartments of Issachar.

    Elissa H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for Issachar


noun (Old Testament)
the fifth son of Jacob by his wife Leah (Genesis 30:17–18)
the tribe descended from this patriarch
the territory of this tribe
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Issachar in the Bible

hired (Gen. 30:18). "God hath given me," said Leah, "my hire (Heb. sekhari)...and she called his name Issachar." He was Jacob's ninth son, and was born in Padan-aram (comp. 28:2). He had four sons at the going down into Egypt (46:13; Num. 26:23, 25). Issachar, Tribe of, during the journey through the wilderness, along with Judah and Zebulun (Num. 2:5), marched on the east of the tabernacle. This tribe contained 54,400 fighting men when the census was taken at Sinai. After the entrance into the Promised Land, this tribe was one of the six which stood on Gerizim during the ceremony of the blessing and cursing (Deut. 27:12). The allotment of Issachar is described in Josh. 19:17-23. It included the plain of Esdraelon (=Jezreel), which was and still is the richest portion of Palestine (Deut. 33:18, 19; 1 Chr. 12:40). The prophetic blessing pronounced by Jacob on Issachar corresponds with that of Moses (Gen. 49:14, 15; comp. Deut. 33:18, 19).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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