Zilpah (Zil´puh)

The handmaiden of Leah, who was given to Jacob as a “surrogate mother” and bore Gad and Asher (Gen 30:9-13). Even though surrogates were normally given to their husbands by childless wives, Zilpah was given to Jacob after Leah had already borne four sons, apparently in retaliation for the action of the childless Rachel, whose handmaiden Bilhah had borne Dan and Naphtali as a surrogate mother for Rachel.

Gen 30:9-13

9When Leah saw that she had ceased bearing children, she took her maid Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife.10Then Leah's maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son.11And L ... View more

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