Bilhah


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Bilhah

(bĭl`hə), in the Bible. 1 Rachel's maid and Jacob's concubine. 2 City of Simeon, of unknown location. It also appears as Baalah and Balah.
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Jacob is married to Leah and Rachel simultaneously and also has sesxual intercourse with their servants Bilhah and Zilpah (Gen 29-30).
And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her.
It offers us (1) chapters on warnings about sexual misbehavior, a list of wrongdoing by the Watchers, Ham and Noah, Abraham, Sarai and Pharaoh, Circumcision, and the sin of Lot/destruction of Sodom; (2) chapters on the problems of Intermarriage and Rape: Dinah, Reuben and Bilhah, Joseph and Potiphar's wife, Noah and his progeny, Abraham and his progeny, Isaac and Jacob and their progeny, and an essay on the language of sexual misbehavior; and (3) chapters on such questions as creation and marriage, Abraham and Sarah, Rebecca and Isaac, and Jacob, Leah, and Rachel.
Bilhah Nitzan focuses on the "origins" question of whether penitential prayers found at Qumran originate there or elsewhere.
Considering that in other cases when someone marries out that fact is highlighted in some way, it is fair to assume that these brothers married in, but just as easily, they could have married the daughters of the four sons of Bilhah and Zilpah.
Joseph said to his father, "The sons of Zilpah and Bilhah are killing the best animals and eating them, in defiance of the warning of Judah and Reuben.
This reading portrays Rachel's attempt to have children through her maid Bilhah as a desperate attempt to be valued in a society whose values are injurious to women.
Stone, "The Geneology of Bilhah," Dead Sea Discoveries 3 (1996): 20-36.
After all, the Torah emphasizes that Joseph was a lad with the sons of the handmaids, Bilhah and Zilpah (Gen.
Rachel's suggestion is that Jacob should take her handmaid, Bilhah, who will provide a child for her: 'and I may also be built up through her [v'ibaneh gam anokhi mimmenah]' (30:3).
Reuben either sleeps with Bilhah himself, or he fixes her bed to give the impression he has been intimate with her.
as a reward for Rachel because she took Bilhah and brought her to Jacob's couch; and as a reward for Leah because she took Zilpah and brought her to Jacob's couch.