Character Study on Bilhah

Character Study on Bilhah

Genesis 29: And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.
Genesis 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.
Genesis 30: And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife: and Jacob went in unto her.
Genesis 30: And Bilhah conceived, and bare Jacob a son.
Genesis 30: And Bilhah Rachel's maid conceived again, and bare Jacob a second son.
Genesis 35: And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine: and Israel heard it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:
Genesis 35: And the sons of Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid; Dan, and Naphtali:
Genesis 37: These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report.
Genesis 46: These are the sons of Bilhah, which Laban gave unto Rachel his daughter, and she bare these unto Jacob: all the souls were seven.
1 Chronicles 4: And at Bilhah, and at Ezem, and at Tolad,
1 Chronicles 7: The sons of Naphtali; Jahziel, and Guni, and Jezer, and Shallum, the sons of Bilhah.

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Easton's Bible Dictionary - Bilhah
Faltering; bashful, Rachel's handmaid, whom she gave to Jacob (Genesis 29:29 ). She was the mother of Dan and Naphtali (Genesis 30:3-8 ). Reuben was cursed by his father for committing adultry with her (35:22; 49:4). He was deprived of the birth-right, which was given to the sons of Joseph.

Fausset's Bible Dictionary - Bilhah
1. Rachel's handmaid (Genesis 29:29). Rachel having no children gave Bilhah to her husband Jacob, who by the latter had two sons, Dan and Naphtali (Genesis 30:1-8; Genesis 35:25; Genesis 46:25; 1 Chronicles 7:13). Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, defiled her, and was therefore deprived of the birthright, which was given to the sons of Joseph (Genesis 35:22; Genesis 49:4; 1 Chronicles 5:1). Blunt says, so vivid was the desire for the promised Redeemer, that "the wife provoked, instead of resenting, the faithlessness of her husband, the mother taught her own child deceit, daughters deliberately worked their own and their fathers' shame, and the daughter-in-law courted the incestuous bed, and to be childless was a by-word" (Genesis 16:2; Genesis 30:3; Genesis 30:9; Genesis 25:23; Genesis 27:13; Genesis 19:31; Genesis 38:14).

2. A Simeonite town (1 Chronicles 4:29), named also Baalah or Balah (Joshua 19:3).

Holman Bible Dictionary - Bilhah
(bihl' hah) Personal name meaning, “unworried.” The handmaid of Rachel (Genesis 29:29 ). When Rachel failed to bear children to her husband Jacob, Bilhah became his concubine at Rachel's instigation. Bilhah became the mother of Dan and Naphtali (Genesis 29:29 ; Genesis 30:4-7 ). See Patriarchs; Tribes of Israel.



Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Bilhah
BILHAH . 1 . A slave-girl given to Rachel by Laban ( Genesis 29:29 (P [Note: Priestly Narrative.] )), and by her to Jacob as a concubine ( Genesis 30:3-4 (JE [Note: Jewish Encyclopedia.] )); the mother of Dan and Naphtali ( Genesis 30:4 ; Genesis 30:7 (JE [Note: Jewish Encyclopedia.] ) Genesis 35:25 (P [Note: Priestly Narrative.] ) Genesis 46:25 (R [Note: Redactor.] ), 1 Chronicles 7:13 ). She was guilty of incest with Reuben ( Genesis 35:22 (P [Note: Priestly Narrative.] )). The etymology is uncertain. These narratives and genealogies probably embody early traditions as to the origin and mutual relations of the tribes, rather than personal history. Tribes are traced to a concubine ancestress, because they were’ a late accession to Israel. 2 . A Simeonite city ( 1 Chronicles 4:29 ) = Baalah ( Joshua 15:29 ), Balah ( Joshua 19:3 ), and, according to some, Baalath ( Joshua 19:44 , 1 Kings 9:18 , 2 Chronicles 8:6 ). Site uncertain.

Hitchcock's Bible Names - Bilhah
Bilhan
Morrish Bible Dictionary - Bilhah
1. Handmaid of Rachel, and mother of Dan and Naphtali. Genesis 29:29 ; Genesis 30:3-7 ; Genesis 35:22,25 ; Genesis 37:2 ; Genesis 46:25 .

2. Town in Simeon, 1 Chronicles 4:29 : the same as BALAH in Joshua 19:3 . See BAALAH.

Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Bilhah
Rachel's handmaid, given by her to Jacob her husband, as a concubinary wife, that, through her she might have a son, Genesis 30:3-4 , &c. See BARRENNESS .

American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Bilhah
The handmaid of Rachel, given by her to her husband Jacob when herself childless, that she might become a mother through her handmaid. Bilhah was the mother of Dan and Naphtali, Genesis 30:1 - 8 .

Chabad Knowledge Base - Bilhah
Rachel’s handmaid. Due to her own childlessness, Rachel gave her to her husband Jacob as a concubine, hoping to rare the progeny of this union. Mother of Dan and Naphtali. After Rachel’s death, she became embroiled in Reuben’s Sin.

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Bilhah - When Rachel failed to bear children to her husband Jacob, Bilhah became his concubine at Rachel's instigation. Bilhah became the mother of Dan and Naphtali (Genesis 29:29 ; Genesis 30:4-7 )
Dan - Son of Jacob and Bilhah, fifth of the Twelve Tribes
Balah - A city in the tribe of Simeon (Joshua 19:3 ), elsewhere called Bilhah (1 Chronicles 4:29 ) and Baalah (Joshua 15:29 )
Baalah - A town in the tribe of Simeon, Joshua 15:29 ; 19:3 ; called also Bilhah, 1 Chronicles 4:29
Naphtali - (a) Son of Jacob and Bilhah, sixth of the Twelve Tribes
Balah - An unknown town of Simeon; perhaps identical with Bealoth ( Joshua 15:24 ) and Bilhah ( 1 Chronicles 4:29 ); called Baalah in Joshua 15:29 , where it is assigned to Judah
Bilhah - Bilhah was the mother of Dan and Naphtali, Genesis 30:1 - 8
Naphtali - His mother was Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid (Genesis 30:8 )
Balah - ” City in tribal territory of Simeon (Joshua 19:3 ), apparently the same as Baalah (Joshua 15:29 ) and Bilhah (1 Chronicles 4:29 )
Bilhan - Akin in etymology to Bilhah (Genesis 36:27; 1 Chronicles 1:42)
Baalah - in 2 Samuel 6:2 called BAALE of Judah; Joshua 19:3 Balah; 1 Chronicles 4:29 Bilhah
je'Ush - ) ... A Benjamite, son of Bilhah
Baalah - Joshua 15:29 : apparently given to Simeon, and called BALAH in Joshua 19:3 , and Bilhah in 1 Chronicles 4:29
Baalah -
A city in the south of Judah (Joshua 15:29 ), elsewhere called Balah (Joshua 19:3 ) and Bilhah (1 Chronicles 4:29 )
Reuben - He was deprived of the privileges of his birthright, in consequence of his improper intercourse with Bilhah, his father's concubine
e'Hud -
Ehud son of Bilhah, and great-grandson of Benjamin the patriarch
Baalah - See Joshua 15:29 ) that may be same as Balah (Joshua 19:3 ) and as Bilhah (1 Chronicles 4:29 )
Bilhah - Rachel having no children gave Bilhah to her husband Jacob, who by the latter had two sons, Dan and Naphtali (Genesis 30:1-8; Genesis 35:25; Genesis 46:25; 1 Chronicles 7:13)
Bilhah - Bilhah
Naphtali - ” Sixth son of Jacob and second son by his concubine Bilhah (Genesis 30:6-8 )
Dan - The fifth son of Jacob, and by Bilhah, the handmaid of Rachel
Naph'Tali - (wrestling ), the fifth son of Jacob; the second child name to him by Bilhah, Rachel's slave
Naphtali - The sixth son of Jacob, by Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid
Naphtali - The sixth son of Jacob, by Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid, Genesis 30:8
Reuben - Reuben, having defiled his father's concubine Bilhah, lost his birthright and all the privileges of primogeniture, the preeminence in the family being given to Judah, and the double portion to the two sons of Joseph, Genesis 35:22 48:5 49:3,4,8,10 1 Chronicles 5:1,2
Dan - A son of Jacob by Bilhah, Genesis 30:3 35:25
Inheritance - Reuben lost preeminence because of incest with Bilhah (Genesis 35:22 ; Genesis 49:4 ; 1 Chronicles 5:1 ), and Esau surrendered his birthright to Jacob (Genesis 25:29-34 ). Jacob's sons by the maidservants Bilhah and Zilpah (Genesis 30:3-13 ) inherited (Genesis 49:1 ) because those offspring were adopted by Rachel and Leah
Dan - A son of Jacob by bis concubine Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid
Dan - The tribe of Dan was descended from the elder of two sons whom Rachel’s maid Bilhah bore to Jacob (Genesis 30:1-6)
Naphtali - the sixth son of Jacob by Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid
Reuben - , because he had lain with his father’s concubine, Bilhah. ’... The meaning of this alleged incest, stated in the language of tribal history, seems to be that the Reubenites committed some outrage upon the Bilhah clans, which was resented and punished by Israel, Dan, and Naphtali and perhaps other tribes. 151), to the effect that the Reuben-Bilhah story may refer to the custom in vogue among the heathen Arabs of inheriting the father’s concubines with his other possessions, and that the tribe of Reuben may have held to it, being less advanced culturally than the others
Dan -
The fifth son of Jacob, and the first of Bilhah, Rachel's maid
Tribes of Israel - ] ’s genealogy (Genesis 29:1-35 ; Genesis 30:1-43 ), is not 12 but 13, and in the following order:... Leah tribes Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah 4 Bilhah (Rachel) tribes Dan, Naphtali 2 Zilpah (Leah) tribes Gad, Asher 2 Leah tribes Issachar, Zebulun 2 Rachel tribes Joseph = (Manasseh, Ephraim) 2 Benjamin (born in Palestine), Genesis 35:18 1 13 To obtain the number 12 from this scheme it is necessary to omit Levi, or to count Manasseh and Ephraim as one. The position assigned to the Bilhah and Zilpah tribes, Guthe thinks, may be explained by their having come into closer relations to Joseph, and to Reuben or the last of the two Leah tribes respectively, and hence their mothers were given as handmaids to Rachel and Leah
Naphtali - Fifth son of Jacob, and second of Bilhah
Dan - Fifth son of Jacob, and first of Bilhah, Rachel's maid
Naphtali - The second son of Bilhah, Rachel’s handmaid, and the sixth son of Jacob ( Genesis 30:7 f. But that they are both traced to Bilhah indicates that they were tribes of minor importance, inferior in strength, and of less consequence in the national development at the time when these relationships were created, than the tribes which sprang from Rachel
Reu'Ben - (Genesis 37:18-30 ; 42:37 ) Of the repulsive crime which mars his history, and which turned the blessing of his dying father into a curse --his adulterous connection with Bilhah-- we know from the Scriptures only the fact
Dan - His mother was Bilhah, Rachel's maid (Genesis 30:6 , "God hath judged me", Heb
Naphtali - Son of Jacob by Bilhah
Naphtali - ) Jacob's fifth son, second by Bilhah, Rachel's maid
Levi - Simeon, as the one detained in Egypt, by Joseph, was probably the foremost of Levi's sons in the cruel attack on Rachel's son, and Levi probably joined him, though the spite began with the base born sons of Bilhah and Zilpah
Tribes of Israel, the - The birth of the sons came through Jacob's wives Leah and Rachel and their maids Zilpah and Bilhah. Jacob's sons through Zilpah, Leah's maid, were Gad and Asher (Genesis 30:9-13 ), while Bilhah, the maid of Rachel, bore Dan and Naphtali (Genesis 30:1-8 ). Reuben, the firstborn son of Jacob by his wife Leah, was in line to assume a leadership role in the family, but he forfeited that right because of an illicit affair he had with his father's concubine Bilhah (Genesis 35:22 ). Dan was the fifth son of Jacob and the first of two sons by Bilhah, Rachel's maid (Genesis 30:5-8 )
Dan - According to the popular tradition, Dan was the fifth son of Jacob, and full brother of Naphtali, by Bilhah, Rachel’s handmaid ( Genesis 30:6 ; Genesis 30:8 )
Judah - Reuben, because of his lust towards Bilhah ( Genesis 49:4 ; cf
Baal - A town in the south of Judah, Joshua 15:29, which in 19:3 is called Balah, and in the parallel list, 1 Chronicles 4:29, Bilhah
Ebal - There is still a rocky amphitheatrical recess on the side of Ebal, and a corresponding one of the same dimensions on the side of Gerizim; probably formed for the accommodation of the people, when all Israel, their elders, officers, and judges, stood: half of them, the six blessing tribes, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin (sprung from Jacob's proper wives), over against Gerizim; and half, the six cursing tribes (four sprung from Zilpah and Bilhah, and Reuben the incestuous oldest and Zebulun the youngest) over against Ebal: with the ark and the priests and Levites in the center between the two mountains
Reuben - ) In a sudden gust of temptation he was guilty of foul incest with Bilhah, his father's secondary wife
Dan - First son born to Jacob by Rachel's maid Bilhah (Genesis 30:6 )
Adoption - ) Natural: As Pharaoh's daughter adopted Moses; Mordecai Esther; Abraham Eliezer (as a slave is often in the East adopted as son) (Genesis 15:2-3); Sarai the son to be born by Hagar, whom she gave to her husband; Leah and Rachel the children to be born of Zilpah and Bilhah, their handmaids respectively, whom they gave to Jacob their husband
Naphtali - Naphtali was the younger of two sons whom Rachel’s maid Bilhah bore to Jacob (Genesis 30:7-8)
Pseudepigrapha - For example, Reuben stressed his adultery with Bilhah (Genesis 35:22 ), and Simeon told of his jealousy of Joseph
Jacob - " The ordinary view that he was only 20 years old in Padan Aram would make him 77 years old in going there; and as Joseph, the second youngest, was born at the end of the first 14 years, the 11 children born before Benjamin would be all born within six or seven years, Leah's six, Rachel's one, Bilhah's two, and Zilpah's two. Rachel gave her maid to Jacob not necessarily after the birth of Leah's fourth son; so Bilhah may have borne Dan and Naphtali before Judah's birth. But in the view of Kennicott and Speaker's Commentary Jacob went to Laban at 57; in the first 14 years had sons, Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah by Leah; Dan and Naphtali by Bilhah; in the 20 years (Genesis 35:38) next had Gad and Asher by Zilpah, Issachar and Zebulun by Leah, lastly Dinah by Leah and Joseph by Rachel; then six years' service for cattle, then flees from Padan Aram where he had been 40 years, at 97
Slave, Slavery - Hagar, Zilpah, and Bilhah in the patriarchal narratives)
Patriarchs, the - The situation improved slightly for Rachel when Jacob, following Abraham's example, had two sons by Bilhah, Rachel's maid (Genesis 30:3-8 )
Family Life And Relations - , Reuben's liaison with Bilhah)
Joseph - Leah or else Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid, answers to the "moon," "thy mother," as Jacob to the "sun," and the 11 stars to the 11 brothers (Genesis 37:6-10)