The following are the children with Rachel and Bilhah had with Israel (a.k.a Jacob). They form 4 of the Tribes of Israel. Joseph’s branches out into Ephraim and Manasseh.
- Yahusef (a.k.a Joseph) – Ephrayim (a.k.a Ephraim) and Manashsheh (a.k.a Manasseh)
- Binyamini (a.k.a Benjamin)
Genesis 29:29 Names of God Bible (NOG)
29 (Laban had given his slave Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her slave.)
Bilhah is a person mentioned in the Book of Genesis. Genesis 29:29 describes her as Laban’s handmaid, who was given to Rachel to be her handmaid on Rachel’s marriage to Jacob. When Rachel failed to have children, Rachel gave Bilhah to Jacob “to wife” to bear him children. Bilhah gave birth to two sons, who Rachel claimed as her own and named Dan and Naphtali. Genesis 35:22 expressly calls Bilhah Jacob’s concubine, a pilegesh [Pilegesh (Hebrew: פִּילֶגֶשׁ) is a Hebrew term for a concubine with similar social and legal standing to a recognized wife, often for the purpose of producing offspring. The TORAH may distinguish concubines and “sub-standard” wives with the prefix “to” (e.g., literally “took to wives”).].
Genesis 35:22 Names of God Bible (NOG)
22 While Israel was living in that region, Reuben went to bed with his father’s concubine[a] Bilhah, and Israel heard about it.
Jacob had 12 sons.
The Testament of Naftali says that Bilhah and Zilpah’s father was named Rotheus. He was taken into captivity but redeemed by Laban, Rachel and Leah’s father, who gave Rotheus a wife named Euna, who was their mother. Rabbinic sources (Midrash Raba, and elsewhere), on the other hand, state that Bilhah and Zilpah were also Laban’s daughters, through his concubines, making them half-sisters to Rachel and Leah.
Bilhah is said to be buried in the Tomb of the Matriarchs in Tiberias.
In the Book of Chronicles, Shimei’s brothers were said to have lived in a town called Bilhah and surrounding territories prior to the reign of David.
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