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The Idea in Brief The passage is to be understood in its plain and normal sense. That is, the handmaiden of Rachel was Bilhah, who had borne sons to Jacob on behalf of Rachel. She was thus the surrogate mother of children to Jacob on behalf of Rachel. (Rachel later had her own biological children, Joseph and Benjamin.) When Rachel died at the birth of ...


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The superlatives around Kings Hezekiah and Josiah concern the fact that they were the only Judaic kings who promoted monotheism. Kings of Israel All the kings of Israel, the northern kingdom, were portrayed as evil polytheists, for example: 1 Kings 16:30,33: And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above all that were before him... ...



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