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Goel \Go"el\ (g[=o]"[e^]l), a. [Cf. Yellow. [root]49.] Yellow. [Obs.]


a. (context obsolete English) yellow


Goel (go'el) is a Hebrew term which comes from the word lig'ol ("to redeem"), hence meaning "redeemer", which in the Bible and the rabbinical tradition denotes a person who as the nearest relative of another is charged with the duty of restoring the rights of another and avenging his wrongs. In the Authorized King James Bible, it is rendered "kinsman", "redeemer", and "avenger".

In the book of Isaiah God is called the redeemer of Israel, as he redeems his people from captivity; the context shows that the redemption also involves moving on to something greater. In Christianity, the title goel is applied to Christ, who redeems his believers from all evil by the payment of a ransom.