Bilhah


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Bil•hah

(ˈbɪl hə)

n.
the mother of Dan and Naphtali. Gen. 30:1–8.
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The governor also attached sworn affidavits of lecturer James Openson Nyakweba and former lecturer Wairimu Bilhah Kiragu to confirm that he attended their classes.
As previously indicated, Jacob Franks married Bilhah Abigail Levy, the daughter of Moses and Grace Mears Levy.
The commanders and their wives often repeat the Old Testament story of Rachel and Bilhah: Rachel thought she could not have children and forced her handmaid Bilhah to have sex with her husband Jacob, claiming the children as her own.
Yet as the Torah proceeds, there is polygamy (Jacob has two wives; David and Solomon, many more), provision for divorce (see Deuteronomy 24), concubinage (Abraham and Hagar; Jacob and Bilhah; and many more), adultery (Hosea and Gomer), and abandonment (David, again).
And she said to Jacob, 'Give me children, or I shall die!' This made Jacob angry with Rachel, and he retorted, 'Am I in the position of God, who has denied you motherhood?' So she said, 'Here is my slave-girl, Bilhah. Sleep with her and let her give birth on my knees; through her, then, I too shall have children!' So she gave him her slave-girl Bilhah as concubine.
Including the sons of the serving maids Bilhah and Zilpah, there already were ten tribes.
In turn both of them gave their respective slave girls Zilpah and Bilhah to Jacob to bear children for them (cf Gen 30:3-13).
As an example, Genesis 35:22 describes an apparent sexual encounter between Jacob's oldest son Reuben and his father's concubine Bilhah, Reuben went and lay with Bilhah, his father's concubine.
Aside for Dinah's story, it also tells the story of Jacob and his four wives Leah (Dinah's mother), Zilpah, Bilhah and Rachel.
But she envied her sister's fertility and said to Jacob, "Give me children, or I shall die!" 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.
(63) Other famous polygamous men from the Genesis narrative include Abraham (married to Sarah, and later, Hagar the concubine (64)), Abraham's brother Nahor (married to Milcah and his concubine Reumah (65)), Jacob (married to Leah and Rachel, along with the concubines Bilhah and Zilpah), Esau (married to Judith, Basemath, Mahalath, Adah, and Oholibamah), and Esau's son Eliphaz.
Judeo-Christian texts reference Hagar, Bilhah, and Zilpah, three handmaids who bore children on behalf of Sarah, Rachel, and Leah (respectively).