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How Many Wives Did Jacob Have?

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If married 4 wives
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In the Bible story in Genesis, Jacob, the son of Isaac, travelled to the home of his uncle Laban. Laban had two daughters, Leah and Rachel. Jacob fell in love with Rachel, the younger, and asked to marry her. Laban said he must first work for seven years, tending his future father-in-law's sheep. Jacob did so, and seven years later the wedding was held. However, at the last moment exchanged Rachel for Leah; and said that if Jacob still wanted Rachel, he would have to serve another seven years. Jacob did this too; this time, he got the bride he wanted.

Despite not being happily married, Jacob and Leah had several sons including Reuben, who was later to save the life of Rachel's son Joseph. Rachel, however, was unable to have children and asked Jacob to father children on her handmaid, Bilhah, instead. This situation was part of the inspiration for Margaret Atwood's 1980s novel, "The Handmaid's Tale."
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hannah sumner
hannah sumner commented
Actually, laban had 4 daughters: Leah, rachel, zilpah, and bilhah. They all had differnt mothers.
Also, rachel asked leah to pretend to be her at the wedding (they used to where veils that covered there faces at weddings) because she was young and although she wanted to marry jacob, she was extremely nervous. (she regretted it after she heard the sounds of their pleasure coming from the tent they made love in after the wedding for 7 days).
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hannah sumner
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So now he was married to leah and if he wanted rachel to be his bride and not his concubine, he had to pay a price. So, out of respect for rachel he worked for laban seven more years. So in conclusion, he was happily married to leah and rachel. Zilpah and bilhah became jacobs concubines and leahs and rachel's handmaids, but really were treated with no less respect than the other two sisters.

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