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Bilhah (maidservant)
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Bilhah, Concubine of Jacob
Bilhah, Concubine of Jacob (בִּלְהָה‎, bilhah). Maidservant of Rachel, concubine of Jacob, and mother of Dan and Naphtali (Gen 29:29; 35:25). Reuben, son of Jacob and Leah, slept with Bilhah after Rachel died. Because of this, he was cursed by his father when he would otherwise have received the birthright
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Bilhah (Person)
BILHAH (PERSON) [Heb bilhâ (בִּלְהָה)]. Handmaid of Rachel and mother of Dan and Naphtali (Gen 30:3–8; 1 Chr 7:13). Bilhah was given to Rachel by Laban (Gen 29:29) as a wedding gift. Like Sara some years earlier (Gen 16:2), when Rachel discovered her barrenness, she bestowed Bilhah upon her husband
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Bilhah (Person)
Bilhah (Person). Servant given by Laban to his daughter Rachel when she married Jacob (Gn 29:29). Realizing her own childlessness, Rachel gave Bilhah to her husband as a concubine and accepted their two sons as her own, naming them Dan and Naphtali (30:3–8; 35:25; 46:25). Archaeological investigation
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Bilhah
Bilhah bilʹhə [Heb. bilhâ]. A slave girl whom Laban gave to Rachel (Gen. 29:29), and whom the latter gave to Jacob as a concubine (30:3f). Bilhah was the mother of Dan and Naphtali (30:4, 7; 35:25; 46:25; 1 Ch. 7:13). Reuben committed incest with her (Gen. 35:22).
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Bilhah (Person)
BILHAH (Person) Servant given by Laban to his daughter Rachel when she married Jacob (Gn 29:29). Realizing her own childlessness, Rachel gave Bilhah to her husband as a concubine and accepted their two sons as her own, naming them Dan and Naphtali (30:3–8; 35:25; 46:25). Archaeological investigation
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Bilhah
BILHAH1. A slave girl Laban gave to his daughter Rachel when she married Jacob (Gen 29:29), and whom Rachel gave to Jacob as a concubine (Gen 30:3–4). She became the mother of Dan and Naphtali by Jacob (Gen 30:5–8). After the death of Rachel she committed incest with Reuben (Gen 35:22).2. Town in the
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Bilhah
BILHAH (Heb. bilḥâh). 1. A servant-girl in Laban’s household, given to Rachel on her marriage; in her mistress’ place she bore Dan and Naphtali to Jacob (Gn. 29:29ff.). Theories which start from the assumption that the ‘sons of Israel’ never actually existed as one family must suppose ‘sons of Bilhah’
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Bilhah
Bilhah (Heb. bilhâ) (PERSON)A female servant of Rachel, who gave her to Jacob as a concubine (Gen. 30:3); mother of Dan and Naphtali (vv. 5–8; cf. 1 Chr. 7:13). After Rachel had given birth to Benjamin on her deathbed, Jacob’s oldest son Reuben committed incest with Bilhah (Gen. 35:22; cf. 49:4).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Bilhah (Person)
BILHAH [bĭlˊhə] (Heb. bilhâ, possibly “modesty”) (PERSON). A female slave of Rachel, who gave her to Jacob as a concubine (Gen. 30:3). She became the mother of Dan and Naphtali (30:5–8; cf. 1 Chr. 7:13). After Rachel had given birth to Benjamin on her deathbed, Jacob’s oldest son Reuben committed
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Bilhah
BILHAH The handmaid given to Rachel by Laban at the time of her marriage to Jacob (Gen 29:29). She became the mother of Dan and Naphtali (Gen 30:3–8; 1 Chr 7:13). Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn by Leah, later lay with Bilhah (Gen 35:22), and for that Reuben lost his father’s blessing (Gen 49:3–4).
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Bilhah
Bil´hah (timid, bashful), handmaid of Rachel, Gen. 29:29, and concubine of Jacob, to whom she bore Dan and Naphtali. Gen. 30:3–8; 35:25; 46:25; 1 Chron. 7:13. (b.c. 1753.)
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Bilhah
BIL´HAH (bilʹha). The handmaid of Rachel, given to her by Laban (Gen. 29:29). Rachel gave Bilhah to her husband, Jacob, that through her she might have children, about 1938 b.c. Bilhah thus became the mother of Dan and Naphtali (30:3–8; 35:25; 46:25). Her stepson Reuben afterward lay with her (35:22)
See also
Relatives
Isaac Father-In-Law
Rebekah Mother-In-Law
Jacob Husband
Naphtali Son
Dan Son
Shillem Grandson
Guni Grandson
Hushim Grandson
Jezer Grandson
Jahzeel Grandson
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