The Jacob lived with Laban for twenty years (Gen. 31:41), marrying Laban's two daughters and two maidservants. Some of the events leading up to the marriage of Isaac and Rebecca have been institutionalized in the traditional Jewish wedding ceremony. Question: "Who was Laban in the Bible?" Not As a contrast, Isaac perceived Gehenna opening beneath Esau when the latter entered the room. Sarai was Haron's wife and Lot's mother. Onlookers named the first עשו, Esau ('Esav or 'Esaw, meaning either "rough", "sensibly felt", "handled", from Hebrew: עשה, 'asah, "do" or "make"; or "completely developed", from Hebrew: עשוי, 'assui, since Esau had as much hair as a child who was much older) The second was named יעקב, Jacob (Ya'aqob or Ya'aqov, meaning "heel-catcher", "supplanter", "leg-puller", "he who follows upon the heels of one", from Hebrew: עקב, 'aqab or 'aqav, "seize by the heel", "circumvent", "restrain", a wordplay upon Hebrew: עקבה, 'iqqebah or 'iqqbah, "heel"). The theory is not strange to actual facts gather within the Torah because if husband and wife are to be as one flesh and Avraham has to raise a child for his brother, then she, Sarai is not far from being his sister. According to the Midrash, the plural form of the word "weeping" indicates a double sorrow, implying that Rebecca also died at this time. As a result, Abraham emancipates Hagar and Ishmael and sends them away as freed slaves. Every child has unique gifts that should be encouraged. And so God acts to protect Sarah by afflicting “Pharaoh and his house with great plagues” (Gen 12:17) until he realizes the problem and sends Sarah away. Rebekah is the second daughter of Mikael and Esther, wealthy land owners from the Kingdom of Norway in the 10th century. She is remembered in the prophecies of Isaiah 51 (v. 2) as the ancestress of her people. Seeing the jewelry, Rebecca's brother Laban ran out to greet the guest and bring him inside. Furthermore, in the ancient world adultery was considered a very grievous offense, possibly even worse than murder. An Analysis of Lavan and Rebekah’s Genealogy,” TheTorah.com (2014). Chapter 12 verse 44. This article is about the Biblical matriarch. When the time came for Rebecca to give birth, the first child to come out emerged red and hairy all over, with his heel grasped by the hand of the second to come out. A. Clines. Sarahs ancestry is not clear. But dead Er has a son via father Judah with Er's wife Tamar. Bledstein, Adrien J. Abraham was one hundred years when Isaac was born (Genesis 46:5). He commanded his servant (whom the Torah commentators identify as Eliezer of Damascus) to journey to his birthplace of Aram Naharaim to select a bride from his own family, rather than engage Isaac to a local Canaanite girl. More than just a pastor’s wife, she holds a Master of Divinity degree and has served in church leadership for over 20 years. It is clear that Abram is not firstborn unless the first two are knocked out the way that childless dead firstborn Er, replacement 2nd born dead Onan, and intent-promise as Shiloh upon 3rd born Shelah. He sent his servant to the city of Nahor to find her. Finally a direct quote. This will make Sarai as half half niece of Abram. However, Hagar’s child Ishmael is never considered part of Sarah’s domain; Abraham has all the authority in the family, and he, rather than Sarah, names Ishmael (compare the stories of Rachel and Leah, who do name the offspring of their surrogates Bilhah and Zilpah).  She therefore ordered Jacob to bring her two goats from the flock, which she cooked in the way Isaac loved, and had him bring them to his father in place of Esau. These were: A lamp burned in her tent from Shabbat eve to Shabbat eve, there was a blessing in her dough, and a cloud hovered over her tent (symbolizing the Divine Presence). Moreover, the narrator is not at ease with the wife-sister ruse and may no longer understand it. The next woman to be featured in the Bible after Sarah is Rebecca, the wife of Abraham’s son Isaac. Rebecca continued to draw water until all the camels were sated, proving her kind and generous nature and her suitability for entering Abraham's household. To his surprise, a young girl immediately came out and offered to draw water for him to drink, as well as water to fill the troughs for all his camels. Rashi explains that Isaac smelled the heavenly scent of Gan Eden (Paradise) when Jacob entered his room. She is a veteran homeschool mom of three. Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically. 1984, 92–116. It was traditionally given to the bride’s father when the parents gave their consent to the marriage. Le-Moshe: Biblical and Judaic Studies in Honor of Moshe Greenberg. He vowed to himself to kill Jacob as soon as Isaac died. After all, Sarah should understand how important she is, for God has already worked miracles for her. When Isaac was of age to be married, Abraham called for his most trusted servant and gave him a crucial role in this story. According to the Midrash, Isaac had reached the age of 132, five years past the age of his mother, Sarah, had been at her death. The great change that came into Rebekah’s life began in a way that may have seemed fairly ordinary to her. Abraham sent along expensive jewelry, clothing and dainties as gifts to the bride and her family. This contradiction has led some readers to identify Sarah with the otherwise unknown Iscah. As he stood at the central well in Abraham's birthplace with his men and ten camels laden with goods, he prayed to God: And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master. When my daughter was in kindergarten, she was asked to talk about what her parents did for a living. Isaac brought her into the tent of his deceased mother Sarah, married her, and loved her. Sarai is Haran’s daughter. in Heaven: Coherence and Complexity in Biblical Narratives. Bethuel is the father of Rebekah. Her status as first wife is not invulnerable: she has been given away before, in the wife-sister ruse, and she may now be vulnerable to Hagar, who conceives and will bear Abraham’s heir. Her parents were different from most people in Haran. To Aleta Marie, Lisa Gal, and Tyson Shelly. Once we got through the fun of the first year being parents to twins, we began to think about what adding to our family would look like. When Jacob protested that his father would recognize the deception and curse him as soon as he felt him, since Esau was hairy and Jacob smooth-skinned, Rebecca said that the curse would be on her instead. I'm using it, in conjunction with Tamar Kadari's article onj Sarah in the Midrash, for a course: Wives, Mothers, & Women of Ill Repute - Feminine Portraits in the Bible. The name Rebecca literally means to tie up, a noose, or frequently translated secured. Esau therefore took Mahalath, a daughter of Isaac's half-brother Ishmael, as another wife. Some readers have accused both Isaac and Rebekah of equal fault in favoring their sons (Esau and Jacob respectively; Gen 27:1-10). According to Genesis, Isaac had reached the age of 137. Isaac was 40 years old when he married Rebecca.  The descriptions of the two young men hint at their opposing spiritual natures: "The lads grew up and Esau became one who knows hunting, a man of the field; but Jacob was a wholesome man, abiding in tents". To Sarah Wadsworth for always being there for me as a true friend and for all of the amazing times we spent in nature exploring the homes where our ancestors lived many moons ago. Rebecca's brother was Laban the Aramean, and she was the granddaughter of Milcah and Nahor, the brother of Abraham. So Abraham not only relates that Sarah is his half-sister, but also makes it clear that the ruse is done by the grace and benevolence of Sarah. Sarah feels displaced and turns her anger on Abraham, declaring, “May the wrong done to me be on you!” and “May the Lord judge between you and me!” (Gen 16:5). She herself is not in danger of her life—but the reader knows that nascent Israel is in danger of losing its ancestress. While she displayed a gentle spirit in the early recordings in thLabane Bible, there is much questionable… Philadelphia: Isaac was sixty years old when the twins were born (Genesis 25:26).  According to tradition, Rebecca did not share the prophecy with her husband. The wife of Abram was Sarai, and the name of Nahors wife was Milcah.Milcah was the daughter of Haren. - Posted on Dec 31, 2017 Rebekah was Isaac's wife and Jacob and Esau's mother. Finally, she was included, then. Rebekah’s Mother’s Household . Sarah is the wife of Abraham, the mother of Isaac, and thus the ancestress of all Israel. Sarai probably was the daughter of a woman, that had her by some other man, then she married Terah, this would have made Sarai his step daughter, or step child.ÌøåÈåÀThe words, step child, or step daughter, or step son, were not used back in the Bible days, also incest did happen back then, but was frowned upon and completely outlawed, when God gave us the law in LEVITICUS 18:6-30.ÌøåÈåÀ Genesis 11:26-32 says that Terah had three sons Abram, Nahor and Haren, Haren died, Abram and Nahor both married. No information. Terah's blessing belongs to grandson Lot, not 2nd son Nahor, nor 3rd son Abram. At the time, we were residing in New York City, in a tiny two bedroom apartment across the street from the hospital where my husband worked as an obstetrician. Sarah’s barrenness also endangers the promise and prompts her to give her handmaiden Hagar to Abraham as a surrogate womb (Gen 16:1–2), a custom known also from Mesopotamia. she had no offspring those days. She was not molested, but one day Abimelech looked through the window and saw Isaac "sporting" (a euphemism for sexual play) with her. New York: 2000. One visionary from the 18th century, named Mother Cecilia Baij, claims his mother was “Rachel.”. He asked the servant to search out and find his son a wife …  This piece is an expanded version of an older archived piece, “Was Betuel Lavan’s Father? We have the problem that Haran has Milcah, and Iscah, and son Lot. Rebecca[a] appears in the Hebrew Bible as the wife of Isaac and the mother of Jacob and Esau. Isaac favors the elder son (25:25; 27:4), but the whole patriarchal line suggests that God Isaac became blind in his old age and decided to bestow the blessing of the firstborn upon Esau. Sheffield, England: 91–113. Can you recomend any good book on the life of Sarai. But this would make Sarai Abram’s niece, not his half sister; it would not explain why she is identified as daughter-in-law to Terah, not as his daughter. “And they called Rebekah”: Or ordered her to be called by one of the servants. (52:8). Jasher claims death in Terah's burned down house which they would not have done at any age but 75 when Abram left. Isaac demanded that Jacob come close so he could feel him, but the goatskins felt just like Esau's hairy skin. Sarah therefore intervenes, urging Abraham to send Hagar and Ishmael away. Rebekah’s faith. After the Binding of Isaac, Sarah died. Seeing such a spiritually exalted man, Rebecca immediately dismounted from her camel and asked the accompanying servant who he was. The servant recounted the oath he made to Abraham and all the details of his trip to and meeting with Rebecca in fine detail, after which her brother Laban and her father Bethuel agreed that she could return with him. The only weakness to this theory is that then Isjak would be a son of Haran and not that of Avraham. He returned to Canaan with his large family, servants, and possessions. Frymer-Kensky, Tikva. In Genesis, Isaac's father, Abraham had been looking for a wife for his son Isaac. Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia. Sarah’s ancestry is not clear. As was the custom in those days, Abraham arranged for a wife from his home country and from relatives back home. The miracles that God performed for Sarah in Egypt have not taught him her importance. Although the wife-sister stories are difficult to understand, the fact that Sarah becomes a slave in Pharaoh’s house serves to foreshadow Israel’s later bondage in Egypt. Rather, their God was Jehovah. Eventually Isaac parted from Abimelech in peace. The Talmud adds that Jacob spent 14 years in the yeshiva of Shem and Eber before proceeding to Laban, arriving when he was 77. Do you know anyone who has that name?— * Rebekah was an important person in the most famous book in the world, the Bible. re-bek'-a (ribhqah; Septuagint and New Testament Rhebekka, whence the usual English spelling Rebecca): Daughter of Bethuel and an unknown mother, grand-daughter of Nahor and Milcah, sister of Laban, wife of Isaac, mother of Esau and Jacob. After Isaac sent Jacob away (to find a wife), Esau realized that his own Canaanite wives were evil in his father's eyes. But I tink is better than marrying a sister which is prohibited under the written Torah.  Twenty years elapsed before they had children; throughout that time, both Isaac and Rebecca prayed fervently to God for offspring. Rebecca appears in the Hebrew Bible as the wife of Isaac and the mother of Jacob and Esau.According to biblical tradition, Rebecca's father was Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram, also called Aram-Naharaim. Jacob had scarcely left the room when Esau returned from the hunt to receive the blessing. The Septuagint reads “playing with him” (with Isaac), which has led some readers to suspect abuse. Haran and Nahor were half-brothers leaving Abram as the sole child firstborn son of Terah's ONLY wife. Answer: Rebekah in the Bible was the wife of Isaac and mother of Jacob and Esau.We first meet Rebekah in Genesis 24:15, where she is identified as “the daughter of Bethuel son of Milkah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor.” REBEKAH. However, in Genesis 20, whe… As Rebecca and her entourage approached Abraham's home, they spied Isaac from a distance in the fields of Beer-lahai-roi. New Literary Criticism and the Hebrew Bible, edited by J. Cheryl Exum Rebekah Semple West was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1915. God eventually answered Isaac's prayers and Rebecca conceived.. Exum, J. Cheryl. Abraham died at the age of 175 (Genesis 25:7), making Jacob and Esau fifteen years old at the time of Abraham's death. Mohar could be in the form of money, land, jewelry, clothing or something “precious” (Gen. 24:53). But Sarai herself would not have been born had his father not taken another. Ishmael was born when Abraham was 86 years old (Gen. 16:16) and died at the age of 137 (Gen. 25:17). HE is the solution because Terah waited to find truth in the son of his own promised wife. Rebekah ( Rebecca) was the wife of Isaac and the mother of Jacob and Esau. This is why Abram did not marry Hagar. There is some possibility this could be true, as Rachel was … Surprised to perceive that Esau was back so soon, Isaac asked how it could be that the hunt went so quickly. International Association of Rebekah Assemblies, "Meaning and etymology of the name Rebecca (Rebekah)", United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Rebecca&oldid=999334055, Articles containing Ancient Greek (to 1453)-language text, Articles containing Classical Syriac-language text, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 9 January 2021, at 17:34. However, this does not answer how Abram is the GREAT firstborn unless you say Like Father Like Son.Ur's suicide tombs of Nahor & Haran contain 68 wives all killed with 68 aluminum tinsel foil tiera as princesses in heaven. Thus disguised, Jacob entered his father's room. Isaac's near-sacrifice can be compared to God's sacrifice of his only son, Jesus Christ, for the sins of the world. Rebecca's death after Jacob's 20 years with Laban indicates that Jacob was 97 when his mother died and Rebecca was either 120 or 134 (based on different Midrashim mentioned earlier about her age at marriage). This takes the right away from Haran and give it to grandson Nahor of grandpa Nahor, even explaining why Nahor's name would be replaced, (not honored as Nahor II. As he did, Deborah (Rebecca's nurse) died and was buried at a place that Jacob calls Alon Bachuth (אלון בכות), "Tree of Weepings" (Gen. 35:8). Abram then took his dead brother's wife as his own. The Talmudic dating indicates both men were 15 years old at the time.. Please read the book of Jasher. Genesis 12 relates this strange wife-sister episode in a matter-of-fact fashion. in Heaven: Coherence and Complexity in Biblical Narratives. Notice that she was consulted about this decision and it was only her consent that made it possible. Genesis 20, the parallel account in which Abraham tries this ruse in Gerar, adds new details that perhaps show concern about Abraham’s actions that developed after the original telling of the story. According to the Midrash, whenever she would pass a house of Torah study, Jacob would struggle to come out; whenever she would pass a house of idolatry, Esau would agitate to come out. When Gen 11:31 tells that Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abrams wife from Ur to Haran, it does not call Sarai Terahs granddaughter. The terms are not unfamiliar to the hebrew ancestry and we have proof of that in the Torah where Yakob calls Yosef' sons as his and the fact that if Sarai was married to his brother Haran, then Sarai would be his " sister in law" and his father would call her "daughter in Law" I wish Tikvah was alive and writing. Trible, Phyllis. Verse 31 says that Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot, son of Heran, and his daughter in law Sarai, to Canaan.If Sarai was Terahs daughter by birth, he would not have called her his daughter in law.ÌøåÈåÀ, God is in control of all things.He is alpha and omega the first and the last. King Nimrod ordered both of Terah's sons (Abram and Haron) thrown into the fiery furnace. Laban was the brother of Isaac’s wife, Rebekah.Abraham had sent his trusted servant back to his home country to find a wife for Isaac among his relatives (Genesis 24:2–4). Her death occurred while Jacob was on his way back to his parents' home; and it was coincident withthat of Deborah (comp. Eliphaz, Reuel, Jeush, Jalam, Korah. "Sarah/Sarai: Bible." They did not worship the moon-god Sin. And at that time Nahor and Abram took unto themselves wives,the daughters of their brother Haran. Rebecca (Rebekah) is the daughter of Bethuel, the well-loved wife of Isaac, mother of the twins Jacob and Esau, and the sister of Laban. The realization that he has been deceived shocks Isaac, yet he acknowledged that Jacob received the blessings as sworn, by adding, "Indeed, he will be [or remain] blessed!" Some even say that Iscah is another name for Sarai, yet I find that to be a stretchy. She plays no role in the near sacrifice of Isaac. According to biblical tradition, Rebecca's father was Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram, also called Aram-Naharaim. There she received the prophecy that twins were fighting in her womb and would continue to fight all their lives. Rebecca, daughter of Bethuel, Abraham’s nephew, was the wife of Isaac and the mother of the twins Esau and Jacob.When he saw that his son Isaac was already 40 years old and still unmarried, Abraham decided that the time had come to find a bride for his son. Her passion is equipping parents to live out their calling as … After taking care of her burial, Abraham went about finding a wife for his son Isaac, who was already 37 years old. Thus theory also corraborates the fact that on their way to Egypt ans by the river Avraham expresses recognition of her beauty because He had never laid eyes on her as she was his brother's wife. She understands that these goats provide the income we need to purchase fresh fish and vegetables for dinner; it is the income we used to pay the hospital fees … Her own experience of servitude in Egypt perhaps has made her feel threatened by the Egyptian Hagar rather than sympathetic to her. She then convinced Isaac to send Jacob away, by telling him that she despaired of him marrying a local girl from the idol-worshipping families of Canaan (as Esau had done). (27:22). And she said, I will go." Indeed, Esther and Judith, at the close of the biblical period, are the first to use their beauty to their people’s advantage. I have a theory that perhaps may clarify the issues with Sarah and Abraham as brother and sister. According to Genesis 16:11, God choose Ishmael's name. According to the Talmud, the Torah's explicit dating of the life of Ishmael helps to date various events in Jacob's life and, by implication, the age of Rebecca at her death. Gen. xxxv. Your question about Sara will be answered. She grew up in or near Haran, a city in Mesopotamia. Milcah had these eight sons by Abraham's brother Nahor. Jacob offered to give Esau a bowl of stew in exchange for his birthright (the right to be recognized as firstborn), and Esau agreed.  The Hebrew Bible states that Esau, returning famished from the fields, begged Jacob to give him some of the stew. The servant insisted that they ask the girl herself, and she agreed to go immediately. ", According to the traditional counting cited by Rashi, Isaac was 37 years old at the time of the Binding of Isaac. the wife of Nahor was Milca, and the name of Abrams wife is Sarai. The promise given to Abraham was now safely secured in Isaac for the time being. Indiana: 1997, 23–38. Forced by famine to leave the land, Abraham is fearful that Egyptians will kill him in order to take the beautiful Sarah. Esau was heartbroken by the deception, and begged for his own blessing. Abraham seems content to keep Sarah out of the loop and to consider Ishmael the child of the promise. She is mentioned three more times in the Book of Genesis (24:36; 25:10–12). Abraham then restores the authority over Hagar to Sarah. Because the talks had been favorable, Eliezer presented mohar, a gift from the family of the groom to the parents of the bride. Still trying to get at the truth, Isaac asked him point-blank, "Are you really my son Esau?" Help us elevate the voices of Jewish women. The bridegroom is led to the bride by two escorts and, seeing her, covers her face with a veil, like the way Rebecca covered her face before marrying Isaac. Israel, as we know it… Isaac was the son of Abraham and Sarah, promised by God and born to them late in life. Abraham, who considers Ishmael his son, is reluctant; but God once again emphasizes Sarah’s importance and tells Abraham to do what she says. Parents should not favor one child over another. Biddle, Mark E. “The ‘Endangered Ancestress’ and Blessing for the Nations.”  The description of Esau as a "hunter" hints to his skill of trapping his father with his mouth; for example, he would ask Isaac whether tithes should be taken from salt and straw, making his father think he was scrupulous in keeping the mitzvahs. Tehillah Sarah and Abraham come to Israel as part of God’s promise of numerous progeny and the land (Gen 12:1–5). Thus the total factors or the jehovah was not just menopause presumed as egg-production cease, but also the fact Abram was married tois sister he would not have had Dad not had two wives. This is understood from the plain meaning of the verses. of Biblical Literature 109 (1990): 599–611. Bethuel was the youngest of eight sons which included Uz, Buz, Kemuel, Kesed, Hazo, Pildash, and Jidlaph. When Abraham is an old man, he sends his unnamed servant back to his hometown in Aram-Naharayim to find a wife for Isaac. God informs him that, although Ishmael will have his own destiny, the promise—as formalized in God’s covenant—will come through Sarah. Question: "Who was Rebekah in the Bible?" Journal The Talmud and the Midrash explain that Isaac was praying, as he instituted Mincha, the afternoon prayer. However, in Genesis 20, when Abraham explains his wife-sister ruse to Abimelech of Gerar, he claims that Sarah is his non-uterine sister (v. 12). Bethuel the Syrian was the father of Laban and more importantly, Rebecca.He is listed on the Biblical Timeline Poster around 1804 BC.Bethuel was also related to Abraham through his parents Nahor and Milcah.Who were Abraham’s brother and niece respectively. Through an extensive application process, we evaluate each individual need, and finance therapy treatments, training for parents and caregivers, and follow up programs to ensure success. “On Reading Genesis 12:10–20.” In Tehillah Abasi giggles at the thought of a goat building his home but Rose, who lost both her parents, never laughs. According to Rashi, the three miracles that characterized Sarah's tent while she was alive, and that disappeared with her death, reappeared when Rebecca entered the tent. 8). (Book of Jasher or "Book of the Upright". When Gen 11:31 tells that “Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife” from Ur to Haran, it does not call Sarai Terah’s granddaughter. (Esau referred to the dish as "that red, red stuff", giving rise to his nickname, Hebrew: אדום ('Edom, meaning "Red").) Outstanding article - complete and academically wonderful. For service organization, see. Sarah’s importance is certainly clear after she sees Ishmael “sporting” (NRSV, “playing”; Hebrew mezahek) at Isaac’s weaning. Before the bride and bridegroom stand under the chuppah, they take part in a special ceremony called badeken (veiling). Genesis 11 relates that Abram and his brother Nahor married Sarai and Milcah, respectively (v. 29). Upon Jasher using Terah fathers Haran at 39, fathers Nahor at 60, and fathers Abram at 70 in the same order as Terah fathers Haran at 70 and Nahor at 120 and Abram at 130. And Sarai, wife of Abram was barren. I think incest will only follow on direct blood line of families, halfies or half lings will break the blood line.  Thinking that she was carrying one baby who was displaying conflicting propensities, Rebecca sought enlightenment at the yeshiva of Shem and Eber. After Abraham's servant made his mission clear to Rebekah's parents they agreed to give her hand in marriage. And this is the theory.Gen 11:28 clearly sets the stage for events that are about to happen next in the following verses. , The Midrash says that as long as they were young, people did not notice much difference between the boys. At this time, the Sages state that one should begin to think he might not exceed the age of whichever parent died first. Abraham buys his first real property in the land of Israel, the Cave of Machpelah, in order to bury her (Gen 23:19). New Literary Criticism and the Hebrew Bible. She dies at the age of 127 in Hebron (Gen 23:1–2).  The Bible states that Isaac was sixty years old when the twins were born. If the girl had refused to follow him, Abraham stated that Eliezer would be absolved of his responsibility. The Bible explains that Sarai was her earlier name and that she was renamed at the annunciation of the birth of Isaac (Gen 17:15). Jewish Women's Archive. Showing Isaac that he had been deceived all along by Esau's show of piety.. Jacob responded, "Because the LORD your God arranged it for me"; Rashi (on Genesis 52:46) says Isaac's suspicions were aroused because Esau never used the personal name of God. She was also the sister of Laban and the aunt of Jacob's future wives: Rachel and Leah. Right after Jacob receives the blessings and flees to Laban, the Torah states that Esau married "Mahalat, the daughter of Ishmael, son of Abraham, sister of Nebaiot" (Gen. 28:9), on which Rashi, quoting Megillah 17a, notes that Ishmael died between the engagement and wedding, so the girl's brother gave her away. One reason why Isaac became blind in his old age was due to the smoke of the incense that these women offered to their idols.. He said I am God and beside me there is no one else. Rebekah first watered the camels of Abraham's servant who was sent to … , According to the Talmud, immediately after Abraham died, Jacob prepared a lentil stew as a traditional mourner's meal for his father, Isaac.  Scripture notes that the attitudes of their parents toward the boys differed: "Isaac loved Esau because he did eat of hunting, but Rebecca loved Jacob". Rebecca was buried in the Cave of Machpelah near Mamre, in the land of Canaan (Gen 49:31).  Similarly, the promise that Abraham’s seed will receive the land comes almost immediately after, once Abraham enters the land and begins to traverse it: Genesis 11 relates that Abram and his brother Nahor married Sarai and Milcah, respectively (v. 29). Close so he could feel him, Abraham 's brother Genesis 24:58 `` they... 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