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  • Name Laban  
    Gender Male 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
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      «u»«/b»Laban «/u» the Aramean (lived in Haran) brother of Rebekah«u»[21]«/u»


      Laban«/b» («u»Hebrew «/u»: , «u»Modern «/u» «i»Lavan«/i» «u»Tiberian «/u» «i»L«/i» ; "White") is the son of «u»Bethuel «/u», brother of «u»Rebecca «/u» and the father of «u»Leah «/u» and «u»Rachel «/u» as described in the «u»Book of Genesis «/u». As such he is brother-in-law to «u»Isaac «/u» and twice the father-in-law to «u»Jacob «/u». Laban and his family were described as dwelling in «u»Paddan-aram «/u», in «u»Mesopotamia «/u».
      Laban first appears in Genesis 24:29-60 as the grown spokesman for his father Bethuel's house; he was impressed by the gold jewelry given to his sister on behalf of Isaac, and played a key part in arranging their marriage. Twenty years later, Laban's nephew Jacob was born to Isaac and Rebecca.
      When grown, Jacob comes to work for Laban. The Biblical narrative provides a framework for dating these events. Jacob begat Joseph 14 years after his flight to Laban; Joseph entered Pharaoh's service at age 30; and from that point, after 7 years of plenty and 2 years of famine, Jacob met Pharaoh and stated his age as 130. Subtracting yields an age of 77 (Jacob at his flight to Laban). Laban was more than 30 years older than Jacob, and employed him for 20 years.
      Laban promised his younger daughter Rachel to Jacob in return for seven years' service, only to trick him into marrying his elder daughter Leah instead. Jacob then served another seven years in exchange for the right to marry his choice, Rachel, as well (Gen. 29).
      Laban's flocks and fortunes increased under Jacob's skilled care, but there was much further trickery between them. Six years after his promised service has ended, Jacob, having prospered largely by proving more cunning than his father-in-law, finally left. Laban pursued him, but they eventually parted on good terms (Gen. 31).
      Laban can be seen as symbolizing those whose concern for the welfare of their immediate family, nominally a virtue, is taken to the point where it has lasting negative ramifications. Laban's normal urge to ensure his older daughter not be left unmarried can be interpreted as leading to the «u»Exile «/u» in Egypt; his anxiety over seeing his son-in-law throw away his family's comfortable position in Aram in search of a risky new beginning back in «u»Canaan «/u» leads him to oppose the return of the «u»Children of Israel «/u» to the «u»Promised Land «/u». His name can also be seen as symbolic in this matter: it means "white", the visual representation of purity, without visible stain, symbolizing those without apparent evil motives whose actions nevertheless result in undesirable outcomes.
    Person ID I59974  Glenn Cook Family
    Last Modified 2 May 2015 

    Father Bethuel,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F551616598  Group Sheet

    Family Adinah,   d. Yes, date unknown 
     1. Leah (Lia) bint Laban,   b. Paddan Aram Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Canaan Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Rachel,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 2 May 2015 
    Family ID F551616597  Group Sheet