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The sister to Rachel and the eldest of the two daughters born to Laban (Gen 29:16). The first wife of Jacob, who was also a maternal cousin, as his mother, Rebekah, was the sister of Laban (Gen 29:12–13).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
LEAH (PERSON) [Heb lēʾâ (לֵאָה)]. The elder daughter of Laban, sister of Rachel; Jacob’s first wife and mother of six sons and a daughter. Leah’s name probably means “cow”; her sister Rachel’s, “ewe.”The stories of Genesis 12–50 focus on the threefold promise to the patriarch Abraham of land, descendants,
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
LEAH Laban’s daughter, the wife of Jacob, and the older sister of Rachel.After deceiving his father, Isaac, into giving him the blessing intended for Esau (Gn 27:5–40), Jacob left home and went to his uncle Laban (27:43; 28:2) in distant Mesopotamia, in order to find a wife (27:46–28:2) and escape the
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Leah (lee´uh; Heb., “cow”), the daughter of Laban, one of the two wives of Jacob, and ancestor of many of the tribes of Israel. Little is known of her, except that she was not Jacob’s first choice. He wanted to marry her younger sister Rachel, for whom he contracted to work seven years for Laban as a
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
The Dog River, Dog River Pass, and Lebanon Mountains. Photo SportLEAH. The elder daughter of Laban, married to Jacob through deception after he had served seven years for the hand of Rachel, the younger daughter, Leah became the mother of six sons and a daughter: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar,
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
LEAH (Heb. lē’â, ‘wild cow’?). The elder daughter of the Aramaean, Laban. Through his deception she became the wife of Jacob, because of the local custom prohibiting the younger daughter from marrying before the elder (Gn. 29:21–30). She was, not unnaturally, jealous of her more attractive sister Rachel.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Leah (Heb. lēʾâ)The elder daughter of Laban, sister of Rachel, and first wife of Jacob. She is the mother of six sons and one daughter. Her name is thought to mean “cow” in Hebrew.Through the trickery of her father, Leah is wed to an unknowing Jacob, who had intended to marry Rachel (Gen. 29:16–26).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
LEAH לאהI. Leah, the name of →Jacob’s first wife is traditionally explained as ‘defatigata, weak’ (Wetzstein 1876). Stade (1881) connected her name to Ar lāʾā ‘Wildkuh’ (a kind of antilope) and Nöldeke (1886), Haupt (1909) and others to Akk littu ‘cow’ (AHW 557–558). Along these lines, the name lēʾâ
Catholic Bible Dictionary
LEAH (Hebrew, “cow”) Jacob’s first wife, the firstborn daughter of Laban, and the sister of Rachel. Leah was given to Jacob as his wife through deception after Jacob had toiled for seven years in anticipation of marrying Rachel. Although Jacob was allowed to take Rachel as his wife a week later, Laban
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