Penuel – Kokia House Visitors Center, Jerusalem 毗努伊勒—耶路撒冷美地展览馆

“And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, for, he said, I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been preserved. And the sun rose upon him as he crossed over Penuel, and he limped because of his hip. Therefore the children of Israel do not eat the thigh muscle, which is upon the socket of the hip, to this day, because He touched the socket of Jacob’s hip at the thigh muscle.” (Genesis 32:30-32)

Penuel (or Peniel, Pnuel; Hebrew: פְּנוּאֵל, meaning “Face of God”) is a place not far from Succoth, on the east of the Jordan River and south of the river Jabbok. Here Jacob wrestled with God until the break of dawn. God touched the socket of Jacob’s hip, and changed Jacob’s name to “Israel” (Gen. 32), which literally means “He who struggles with God.” From then on Israelis are forbidden to eat animals’ thigh muscle.

Pnuel is a common name given to males in the Assyrian culture.

『雅各便给那地方起名叫毗努伊勒,因为他说,我面对面看见了神,我的性命仍得保全。日头升起,照在雅各身上,那时他渡过毗努伊勒,他的大腿就瘸了。故此,以色列人不吃大腿窝的筋,直到今日,因为那人摸了雅各大腿窝的筋。 』(创世记32:30-32)