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  • Name Zilpah  
    Gender Female 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
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      «/b»In the «u»Book of Genesis «/u», «b»Zilpah«/b» («b»«/b» "Drooping", «u»Standard Hebrew «/u» «b»Zilpa«/b», «u»Tiberian Hebrew «/u» «b»Zilp«/b») is «u»Leah «/u»'s handmaid and the second concubine of «u»Jacob «/u» and the mother of «u»Gad «/u» and «u»Asher«/u».
      Zilpah is given to «u»Leah «/u» as a handmaid by Leah's father, «u»Laban «/u», upon Leah's marriage to Jacob (see Genesis 29:24, 46:18). According to some commentators, Zilpah and «u»Bilhah «/u», the handmaids of Leah and «u»Rachel «/u», respectively, were actually younger daughters of Laban {«u»Pirke De-Rabbi Eliezer «/u», xxxvi.}.
      According to «u»Rashi «/u», Zilpah was younger than Bilhah, and Laban's decision to give her to Leah was part of the deception he used to trick Jacob into marrying Leah, who was older than Rachel. The morning after the wedding, Laban explained to Jacob, "This is not done in our place, to give the younger before the older" (Genesis 29:26). But at night, to mask the deception, Laban gave the veiled bride the younger of the handmaids, so Jacob would think that he was really marrying Rachel, the younger of the sisters.
      Zilpah also figures in the competition between Jacob's wives to bear him sons. Leah stops conceiving after the birth of her fourth son, at which point Rachel offers her handmaid, Bilhah, in marriage to Jacob so she can have more children through her. When Bilhah conceives two sons, Leah takes up the same idea and presents Zilpah as a wife to Jacob. Leah names the two sons of Zilpah and is directly involved in their upbringing.
      In Jewish tradition, Zilpah is believed to be buried in the «u»Tomb of the Matriarchs «/u» in «u»Tiberias «/u».
    Person ID I61505  Glenn Cook Family
    Last Modified 3 Dec 2009 

    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. Gad,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Asher,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 3 Dec 2009 
    Family ID F551617666  Group Sheet