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(ˈbɪl hə)

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.