ZILPAH (Heb. זִלְפָּה), handmaid of leah and concubine of jacob . laban gave Zilpah to his daughter Leah as a handmaid on the occasion of Leah's marriage to Jacob (Gen. 29:24; 46:18). A parallel custom is attested in the nuzi Documents. When Leah ceased bearing children she presented Zilpah to her husband as a concubine (30:9; 37:2), just as her sister rachel had previously done with her own maid bilhah (30:3). Two sons, gad and asher , were born of the union between Jacob and Zilpah (30:10–13; 35:26). Sixteen descendants of Zilpah are listed in the Genesis genealogies (46:18). There is no further mention of Zilpah in the Bible.

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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