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  • Name Reuben  
    Gender Male 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
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      Reuben«/b» or «b»Re'uven«/b» («u»Hebrew «/u»: «b»«/b» «u»Standard «/u» «i»R«/i» «u»Tiberian «/u» «i»R«/i») was the first (eldest) son of «u»Jacob «/u» and of «u»Leah «/u», and the founder of the «u»Israelite Tribe «/u» of «u»Reuben «/u» in the «u»Book of Genesis «/u».
      «b»Biblical references
      «/b»In the Torah, Reuben is briefly described as having had «u»sexual activity «/u» with «u»Bilhah «/u», Rachel's maid; since his father had also done the same with Bilhah, leading to the birth of Reuben's half-brothers «u»Dan «/u» and «u»Naphtali «/u», this is characterised as «u»incest «/u» in classical rabbinical sources. The Torah argues that Reuben's behaviour angered Jacob to the extent that he gave Reuben's birthright (as firstborn) to Joseph; classical rabbinical sources argue that the birthright had included the right of his descendants (the tribe of Reuben) to become ruler over the tribes (transferred to «u»Judah «/u») and priests (transferred to «u»Levi «/u»). However, some of these sources argue that Reuben hadn't actually had sexual activity with Bilhah, but instead had simply supported the cause of his mother Leah, by harming that of Bilhah, angering Jacob; in these sources, it is argued that after the death of «u»Rachel «/u» (Jacob's favourite wife), Jacob had attempted to move Bilhah's bed close to him, so Reuben moved it away. The classical rabbinical texts argue that Reuben immediately showed contrition for his actions in regard to Bilhah, and thus was the «i»first «u»penitent «/u»«/i»; initially, according to these sources, Reuben was penitent by secretly «u»meditating «/u», and abstinence from meat and wine, but when «u»Judah «/u» confessed to the matter of «u»Tamar «/u», Reuben admitted what he had done, so that the other brothers were not punished for it. The classical sources go on to state that in honour of this voluntary penance and confession, G-d gave the tribe of Reuben «u»Hosea «/u» as a member, and Reuben was given a reward in «u»the future world «/u».
      Although part of the plot against «u»Joseph «/u», it is Reuben who persuades the others not to kill Joseph, tries to rescue him, and who later concludes that the trouble the brothers run into in «u»Egypt «/u» was divine punishment for the plot. In classical rabbinical literature, Reuben is described as being motivated by a sense of responsibility over his brothers (since he was the eldest), and as having become angry when he discovers that Joseph had gone missing as a result of his brothers selling him to «u»Ishmaelites «/u»(textual scholars attribute this version of the narrative to the Yahwist) or Joseph being found and taken by «u»Midianites «/u»(textual scholars attribute this version of the narrative to the Elohist). The rabbinical sources argue that the first «u»cities of refuge «/u» were located in the territory of the tribe of Reuben, since Reuben (the individual) had tried to save Joseph from the mob of his brothers.
      Classical rabbinical sources argue that Reuben was born on the 9th of «u»Kislev «/u», and died at the age of 125. The «u»midrashic Book of Jasher «/u» argues that when he died, Reuben's body was placed in a coffin, and was later taken back to «u»Israel «/u», where it was buried.
    Person ID I61481  Glenn Cook Family
    Last Modified 3 Dec 2009 

    Father Jacob (Isreal) Ben Abraham, King of Goshen,   b. Abt 1892 B.C., Haran Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1745 B.C., Egypt Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother 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 
    Family ID F1799  Group Sheet

     1. Hanoch,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Pallu,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Hezron,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Carmi,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 3 Dec 2009 
    Family ID F551617661  Group Sheet