(reh behk' uh) Personal name perhaps meaning, “cow.” Daughter of Bethuel, Abraham's nephew (Genesis 24:15); Isaac's wife (Genesis 24:67); mother of Jacob and Esau (Genesis 25:25-26). Rebekah was a complex character. She is introduced as a beautiful virgin (Genesis 24:16), willing servant (Genesis 24:19), and as hospitable to strangers (Genesis 24:25). In obedience to God's will, she left her home in Paddan-aram to be Isaac's wife (Genesis 24:58). Rebekah comforted Isaac after the death of Sarah (Genesis 24:67). When distressed by her problem pregnancy, she turned to God for counsel (Genesis 25:22-23). Less favorable is Rebekah's favoritism towards Jacob (Genesis 25:28), especially as evidenced in the plan she concocted to enable Jacob to steal Esau's blessing (Genesis 27:5-17). Rebekah was forced to send her favorite to her brother's household to save Jacob from Esau's vengeance (Genesis 27:42-46).
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