[rey-chuh l]


Jacob's favorite wife, the mother of Joseph and Benjamin. Gen. 29–35.
a female given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “lamb.”

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(ˈreɪtʃəl) Old Testament the second and best-loved wife of Jacob; mother of Joseph and Benjamin (Genesis 29–35)
(French raʃɛl) original name Elisa Félix . 1820–58, French tragic actress, famous for her roles in the plays of Racine and Corneille
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Word Origin and History for rachel


fem. proper name, biblical daughter of Laban and wife of Jacob, from Late Latin, from Greek Rhakhel, from Hebrew Rahel, literally "ewe" (cf. Arabic rahil, Aramaic rahla, Akkadian lahru, a metathesized form).

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rachel in Culture


The second wife of Jacob (see Jacob and Esau). She was sterile for many years, but eventually had two sons: Joseph (see Joseph and his brothers) and Benjamin.

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