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Holman Bible Dictionary
(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
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Rebekah'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/r/rebekah.html. 1991.