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Bilhah - Rachel’s handmaid and wife of Jacob; the mother of Dan and Naphtali (Gen. 29:29; 30:3–7; 35:22, 25; 37:2; 46:25; 1 Chr. 7:13).


Laban's Family

Laban welcomed his nephew, Jacob as a young man, and set him the stipulation of seven years' labour before he permitted him to marry his daughter Rachel. Laban tricked Jacob into marrying his elder daughter Leah instead. Jacob then took both women as wives. The dealings between the two branches are described in Gen. 24; 27:43–31:55. Jacob lived with him and served him for 20 years.

Laban and his family were described as dwelling in Paddan Aram, in Mesopotamia. Though the biblical text itself does not attest to this, Rabbinic sources also identify him as the father of Bilhah and Zilpah. Bilhah and Zilpah were maids of Leah and Rachel and also concubines with whom Jacob had children (Midrash Raba, Gen 24).




Offspring of Jacob or Israel and Bilhah, daughter of Laban
Name Birth Death Joined with
Dan ben Jacob 9999 Land of Canaan 9999 Land of Canaan
Naphtali ben Jacob 9999 Land of Canaan 9999 Land of Canaan

Siblings


Offspring of Laban and unknown parent
Name Birth Death Joined with
Leah, daughter of Laban 9999 Hebron, Land of Canaan Jacob ben Isaac

Rachel, daughter of Laban 9999 Hebron, Land of Canaan Jacob ben Isaac

Offspring of Laban and unknown parent
Name Birth Death Joined with
Bilhah, daughter of Laban 9999 Hebron, Land of Canaan Jacob ben Isaac

Zilpah, daughter of Laban 9999 Hebron, Land of Canaan Jacob ben Isaac

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