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People: Rebekah

Rebekah

Isaac's wife, and mother of Jacob and Esau.

Background

Late in his life Abraham became concerned about the lineage of his descendants. He sent his servant back to his home country Haran to look for a wife for his son Isaac. The servant met Rebekah there and brought her back to Canaan where she became Isaac's wife. Rebekah was the mother of the twins Jacob and Esau. Rebekah favored Jacob and helped her son deceive his father in order to obtain a blessing. In the face of Esau's anger over the incident she sent Jacob back to her home country to live with Laban, her brother.

AUTHOR: Robert Brusic, Seminary Pastor Emeritus