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People: Rachel


Laban's younger daughter and Jacob's second wife.


Rachel was the younger daughter of Laban, Jacob's uncle.  Jacob wanted to marry Rachel and Laban promised her hand if Jacob would work for him for seven years. After seven years Laban slipped Rachel's sister Leah into Jacob's tent in place of Rachel. When Jacob awoke and found himself married to Leah instead of Rachel, he had to work another seven years for Rachel. Rachel was Jacob's favorite wife. At first she had trouble bearing children so she gave her handmaiden Bilhah to Jacob for a concubine. But, later she bore two children, Joseph and Benjamin, who became Jacob's favorite sons. She died giving birth to Benjamin.

AUTHOR: Robert Brusic, Seminary Pastor Emeritus