younger daughter and Jacob's second wife.
Rachel met Jacob beside a well
Rachel was the younger
daughter of Laban, Jacob's uncle. Jacob wanted to marry Rachel and
Laban promised her hand if Jacob would work for
him for seven years. After seven years Laban slipped Rachel's sister Leah
into Jacob's tent in place of Rachel. When Jacob awoke and found himself
married to Leah instead of Rachel, he had to work another seven years
for Rachel. Rachel was Jacob's favorite wife. At first she had trouble
bearing children so she gave her handmaiden Bilhah to Jacob for a concubine.
But, later she bore two children, Joseph and Benjamin, who became Jacob's favorite sons.
She died giving birth to Benjamin.
29:1-30 - Courtship and marriage
35:16-20 - Death