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(Heb. Bilhah', בַּלְהָה , faltering, i.e. perh. bashful),' the name of a woman and of a place.

1. (Sept. Βαλλά ) The handmaid (Genesis 29:29) whom the childless Rachel bestowed as a concubine upon her husband Jacob, that through her she might have children. B.C. 191t. Bilhah thus became the mother of Dan and Naphtali (Genesis 30:3-8; Genesis 35:25; Genesis 46:25; 1 Chronicles 7:13). Her stepson Reuben afterward lay with her (Genesis 35:22), B.C. cir. 1890, and thus incurred his father's dying reproof (Genesis 49:4).

2. (Sept. Βαλαά .) A place belonging to the tribe of Simeon (1 Chronicles 4:29), called BALAH (See BALAH) (q.v.) in Joshua 19:3; and it seems to be the same which is called BAALAH in Joshua 15:29.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Bilhah'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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