(fl. ?19th-16th cent BCE)
   Israelite woman, concubine of Jacob. She was the mother of Dan and Naphtali. Rachel, whose servant she was, gave Bilhah to Jacob when she herself proved to be barren (Genesis 30:18; 32:25-26).

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  • BILHAH — (Heb. בִּלְהָה), servant girl presented to rachel by her father (Gen. 29:29). Bilhah was given by Rachel to her husband Jacob as a concubine (see nuzi ). Bilhah bore two children by him, dan and naphtali (30:1–8). Reuben cohabited with her while… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Bilhah — In the Book of Genesis, Bilhah (בִּלְהָה Faltering; bashful , Standard Hebrew Bilha, Tiberian Hebrew Bilhāh) is Rachel s handmaid and a concubine of Jacob who bears him two sons, Dan and Naphtali. [Gen. 30:3 5, 35:25] Bilhah is given to Rachel as …   Wikipedia

  • Bilhah — Bilha, auch Bilhah ist eine Gestalt aus der Bibel und eine Tochter des Laban und einer der Mägde in dessen Haushalt. Sie hatte eine Kollegin und Halbschwester namens Silpa. Bekannt wurde sie, als sie Jakob zwei Söhne gebar. Die Bedeutung der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Bilhah — Bilha Bilha est le nom d un personnage biblique, servante de Rachel et troisième épouse de Jacob. Rachel fait épouser sa servante à Jacob car elle ne peut pas lui donner d enfants. D après d autres commentateurs, Bilha et Zilpa étaient deux sœurs …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Bilhah — /bil heuh/, n. the mother of Dan and Naphtali. Gen. 30:1 8. * * * …   Universalium

  • Bilhah — noun a) Handmaid of Rachel and mother of Dan and Naphtali. b) of biblical origin …   Wiktionary

  • Bilhah —    Faltering; bashful, Rachel s handmaid, whom she gave to Jacob (Gen. 29:29). She was the mother of Dan and Naphtali (Gen. 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 …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Bilhah — Bil•hah [[t]ˈbɪl hə[/t]] n. bib the mother of Dan and Naphtali. Gen. 30:1–8 …   From formal English to slang

  • Bilhah — /bil heuh/, n. the mother of Dan and Naphtali. Gen. 30:1 8 …   Useful english dictionary

  • FRANKS, BILHAH ABIGAIL LEVY — (1696?–1756), Jewish letter writer. Franks was born in London; the sources are inconclusive about the exact date, just as they are unclear about when the Levy family migrated to New York City. Some documents demonstrate that her father, Moses… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

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