Leah, also spelled Lia, in the Old Testament (primarily in Genesis), first wife of Jacob (later Israel) and the traditional ancestor of five of the 12 tribes of Israel.
What is the story of Leah and Rachel in the Bible?
Rachel, in Genesis, the first book of the Hebrew Bible, one of the two wives of the patriarch Jacob. Forced to serve Rachel’s father, Laban, for seven years to win her, Jacob was tricked at the end of that time into marrying her sister, Leah.
What does the name Leah mean biblically?
This name is believed to derive from (Hebrew: לָאָה, romanized: la’ah, lit. ‘weary’) or is cognate with Akkadian littu, meaning “pretty girl“, from Proto-Semitic *layʾ-at- ~ laʾay-at- “cow”. The name can be traced back to the Biblical matriarch, Leah, one of the two wives of Jacob.
Why is Leah a matriarch?
Leah is one of the four Matriarchs of the Bible. She gives birth to six of the twelve sons of Jacob (the original twelve “Children of Israel”).
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What is the spiritual meaning of the name Rachel?
From the Hebrew name רָחֵל (Rachel) meaning “ewe”. In the Old Testament this is the name of the favourite wife of Jacob. Jacob was tricked by her father Laban into marrying her older sister Leah first, though in exchange for seven years of work Laban allowed Jacob to marry Rachel too.