Thursday, February 2, 2017

Sisters That Changed History: Rachel and Leah

We all remember the Bible story of Rachel and Leah, but have you ever thought about how this pair of sisters changed the course of history?

Leah and Rachel were raised in "the land of the people of the east" according to Genesis 29. The exact location this refers to is unknown, but it was in the country that was then known as Mesopotamia, which corresponds mostly with modern-day Iraq. The girls were the daughters of Rebekah's brother Laban, so they would have been first cousins to Jacob.
Dante's Leah & Rachel
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As Jacob fled from the wrath of his brother Esau, he sought out his uncle Laban, but he found his lovely cousin Rachel first. She was keeping her father's sheep and came to the well where Jacob was resting.

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