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Bilhah, the Handmaid

Female - Yes, date unknown

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  • Name Bilhah  
    Suffix the Handmaid 
    Gender Female 
    Died Yes, date unknown 

      In the «u»Book of Genesis «/u», «b»Bilhah«/b» ( "Faltering; bashful", «u»Standard Hebrew«/u» «b»Bilha«/b», «u»Tiberian Hebrew «/u» «b»Bilh«/b») is «u»Rachel «/u»'s handmaid and a concubine of «u»Jacob «/u» who bears him two sons, «u»Dan «/u» and «u»Naphtali «/u».
      The Testament of Naftali, part of the «u»Dead Sea Scrolls «/u», says that Bilhah and «u»Zilpah «/u»'s father was named Ahiyot ( lit. "sisters" ). He was taken into captivity and freed by «u»Laban «/u», «u»Rachel «/u» and «u»Leah «/u»'s father, and he gave Ahiyot a wife named Hannah, who was their mother.
      After the death of Rachel, «u»Reuben «/u», the firstborn son of Jacob and Leah, loses his right to a double inheritance when he is accused of infidelity with Bilhah.
      According to «u»Rashi «/u», as long as Rachel was alive, Jacob kept his bed in her tent and visited the other wives in theirs. When Rachel died, Jacob moved his bed into the tent of Bilhah, who had been mentored by Rachel, to retain a closeness to his favourite wife. However, Reuben felt that this move slighted his mother, Leah, who was also a primary wife, and so he moved Jacob's bed into his mother's tent. This invasion of Jacob's privacy was viewed so gravely that the Bible equates it with adultery.
      Bilhah is said to be buried in the «u»Tomb of the Matriarchs «/u» in «u»Tiberias «/u».
    • (Research):

      (Bilah Bala) ``Rachael gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife''
    Person ID I61504  Glenn Cook Family
    Last Modified 29 Jul 2015 

    Family 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 
     1. Dan Ben Jacob,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Naphtali,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 3 Dec 2009 
    Family ID F551617665  Group Sheet