Sisters in Scripture
A Valentine Story from Genesis - Ancient Biblical Lovers    2/14/2020

Rachel and Jacob get off to a wildly romantic start. It was here at this same well that Jacob's mother, Rebecca, met the servant who would bring her to Jacob's father, Isaac. Unlike Isaac's emissary, however, Jacob has no rings or bracelets to offer; he has no home to bring a bride. All he has to offer is himself with youth, vigor, virility, and generosity in an sudden outburst of love. "Jacob went up and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of his mother's brother, Laban. Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and wept aloud." (Gen 29:10-11). Apart from the Song of Songs, that kiss is the first and only kiss recorded between a man and a woman in scripture. And what an image is painted of her: "Rachel was graceful and beautiful. Jacob loved Rachel: so he said [to Laban]: "I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter, Rachel" (Gen 29:17-18). 

Their love story would become complicated, however, by the deception of Laban resulting in Jacob's marrying both sisters, by fertility issues and jealousy between the sisters. Nonetheless, Jacob loves Rachel til his dying day and Rachel is revered even today as mother to all Israel. 


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