Leah (fl. c. 1500 BCE)
Leah (fl. c. 1500 bce)
Matriarch of Israel. Third matriarch of Israel. Name variations: Lea; Lia. Flourished c. 1500 bce; buried with Jacob in the ancestral cave in Hebron; dau. of Laban; sister of Rachel; 1st wife of Jacob; children: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun—6 of the 12 tribes of Israel.
On the night the marriage between Rachel and Jacob was to be consummated, was sent by father into the bridegroom's darkened tent in place of Rachel and became his wife (Genesis, chapters 29-35).
See also Women in World History.