Notes for Rebekah:
Her name in Hebrew is: רבקה Ribqâh (rib-kaw’) Strongs #: 7259; fettering (by beauty).
Known as “Rebekah” in Genesis, but is known as “Rebecca” in Jasher.
Rebekah is first mentioned when Abraham’s servant Eliezer arrived in Haran searching
for a suitable wife for his master Isaac.
Eliezer’s prayer to Yahvah was to find a damsel that would give him drink when he
asked for it, but she would gladly offer to water his ten camels. (26) Before Eliezer
finished speaking, Rebekah came out with a water pitcher on her shoulder. Eliezer
asked her if she would give him a drink, and when he finished, she replied that she
would water his ten camels until they finished drinking! What an answer to Eliezer’s
A thirsty camel can drink 25 gallons of water in ten minutes, but in order for her
to water ten camels, she would have had to haul 250 gallons at least before all the
camels stopped drinking. (28) Rebekah was ten years old when she performed this
marvelous and hospitable act. (29)
As a gift of gratitude to Rebekah, Eliezar decorated her with jewelry, and then Laban
her brother welcomed him into their father’s house. (30)
Rebekah later met with Isaac and then married him although he was thirty years older
than her. (31)
After her marriage with Isaac she remained barren for 19 years, and then had Esau
and Jacob. The two twin boys hated each other even in the womb and when they were
born, Jacob had hold of Esau’s heel. However, Esau was red and hairy like a garment.
(32) When the boys grew Esau became a wonderful hunter, and Isaac loved him the
most because of the meat he brought, but Rebekah loved Jacob. (33)
Fifteen years after the boys’ birth, Yahvah brought a famine into the Land of Canaan,
and Rebekah went with her husband to Philistia to escape from it. (34) It is not
known if Jacob and Esau went with them, though.
In Philistia, Isaac told King Abimelech that Rebekah was his sister because he didn’t
want to die on account of her beauty if he was to say that he was espoused to her.
However, Abimelech had this played on him before by Abraham so he was suspicious.
At the age of 88, Rebekah overheard Isaac telling his favorite son to go and hunt
for some venison for him to eat so that he may bless him. Therefore, Rebekah told
Jacob of what Isaac planned to do. Therefore, Rebekah had Jacob go a get a kid and
she’d fixed it up and dressed it in the way that Isaac desired his “venison” cooked.
She greatly wanted the blessing to be passed to Jacob instead of Esau. (36)
Although Isaac was now blind with age, he could still tell the difference between
Esau and Jacob because Esau was extremely hairy and his clothes smelled like the
field (maybe like a gutted deer as well). With this in mind Jacob was leery about
performing this trick in fear that he will receive a curse and not a blessing, but
Rebekah encouraged him by saying that if any curse should be said, the curse would
come upon her. (37)
Rebekah dressed Jacob with goat skins on his hands and neck, and one of Esau’s coats
and then Jacob brought the “venison” and bread into Isaac for him to eat. (38)
For sure Rebekah stood nearby watching or listening to the conversation Jacob had
with his father, and possibly leaped for joy when Isaac gave Jacob the blessing that
she wanted him to have. (39) (She probably had to contain her shouts of joy as she
didn’t want to expose Jacob to Isaac of her plot.)
As soon as Jacob left the tent, Esau arrived and soon found out about Jacob’s deceitfulness
and wished to kill his brother. (40)
Since Esau now sought the life of Jacob, Rebekah sent Jacob away to Eber’s house
until Esau’s anger had cooled, but Jacob was gone for fourteen years before he decided
to return home.
Esau being vexed with his parents left home and dwelt in the land of Seir for six
months, and when he returned he brought both his Canaanite wives with him. These
wives of Esau were a grief of mind to Rebekah and Isaac and they became weary of
When Rebekah was 102, Jacob returned home, but he was only home for a day since Esau
still had not forgiven him on account of the blessing, so Rebekah and Isaac sent
Jacob to Haran so he would marry within his own race and not choose from the daughters
of Canaan. (42)
When Jacob is returning home from Haran twenty years later, she learns of Esau’s
plot to kill Jacob so she sends to Jacob 72 men to help him, but sent a message to
Jacob to treat Esau with kindness so that Esau’s anger may be turned so Jacob’s life
would be spared. (43)
After this event, Rebekah lives an additional eleven years, and dies at the age of
133. However, she ends up dying 17 years before her husband Isaac does.
More About Rebekah:
Burial: 1690 BC in the Cave of Machpelah near Mamre