Bilhah


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Bil•hah

(ˈbɪl hə)

n.
the mother of Dan and Naphtali. Gen. 30:1–8.
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Aside for Dinah's story, it also tells the story of Jacob and his four wives Leah (Dinah's mother), Zilpah, Bilhah and Rachel.
Jacob is not compassionate--he "doesn't get it" and says, in effect, "don't blame me, blame God" and she turns him over to Bilhah who bears Dan and Naph'tali.
On page 220, regarding Bilhah, there is a reference to the Twelve Ttribes (sic) of Israel.
Its macroscopic narrative, however, fails to delineate the evolution of servants and handmaids who are first introduced in their relations to Abram/Abraham and his servant, Eliezer of Damascus; Sarai/Sarah and her handmaid, Hagar of Egypt; and, Sarah's grand-daughters-in-law, Leah and Rachel, and their maids, Zilpah and Bilhah, respectively.
Genesis 30:1-43, where Bilhah conceived and bore a child for Rachel.
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.
Like others who have read The Red Tent, I can't wait to talk to her about her vivid portrait of the Biblical women who, in her telling, made up the heart and soul of Jacob's prosperous clan: Dinah, Jacob's only daughter by Leah; Leah herself; Rachel, her rival for Jacob's affections; and their sister-handmaidens, Zilpah and Bilhah.
Two generations later, barren Rachel frantically offers her maid Bilhah to Jacob for sexual intercourse so that "I (Rachel) will be built ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) through her" (Gen 30:3).
Your mother" refers to Leah (or perhaps to Leah, Bilhah and Zilpah, all of whom are Joseph's stepmothers)--the other mother figure(s) in Joseph's life.
Rachel said to her husband Jacob, "Behold my maid, Bilhah, go in unto her, and that she may bear upon my knees, and I also obtain children by her.
Perhaps related to this incident, and in an act of rebellion against paternal authority, Reuben also had intercourse with his father's concubine Bilhah (Gen.
TATE, SURROGACY: WHAT PROGRESS SINCE HAGAR, BILHAH, AND ZILPAH