Names in Hebrew on Breastplate are embroidered on satin with metallic trim (trim color may vary) 19"h x 12"w. Wooden rod included. According to the Bible, the Israelites were the descendants of the Biblical patriarch Jacob. They were divided into twelve tribes, each descended from one of twelve sons or grandsons of Jacob. The term Israelite derives from Israel (Hebrew: ????? (Standard Yisra?el Tiberian Yisra?el)), the name given to Jacob after the death of Isaac. (Genesis 32:28-29). His descendants are called the House of Jacob, the Children of Israel, the People of Israel, or the Israelites. The Israelites were divided along family lines, each called a shevet or mateh in Hebrew meaning literally a "staff" or "rod".