Laban , son of Bethuel, grandson of Nahor, grandnephew of Abraham, brother of Rebekah, and father of Leah and Rachel. His branch of the family remained at Haran when Abraham moved on into Canaan. There was a good deal of mutual deception, each trying to outdo the other; but the final parting among the mountains of Gilead was a friendly one.
Genesis 28 Narrative
1 And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.
2 Arise, go to Padan-aram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother’s father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother’s brother.
3 And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people;
4 And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.
5 And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padan-aram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob’s and Esau’s mother.
Laban welcomed his nephew, Jacob as a young man, and set him the stipulation of seven years' labour before he permitted him to marry his daughter Rachel. Laban tricked Jacob into marrying his elder daughter Leah instead. Jacob then took both women as wives. The dealings between the two branches are described in Gen. 24; 27:43–31:55. Jacob lived with him and served him for 20 years.
Laban and his family were described as dwelling in Paddan Aram, in Mesopotamia. Though the biblical text itself does not attest to this, Rabbinic sources also identify him as the father of Bilhah and Zilpah. Bilhah and Zilpah were maids of Leah and Rachel and also concubines with whom Jacob had children (Midrash Raba, Gen 24).
|Leah, daughter of Laban||Hebron, Land of Canaan||Jacob ben Isaac|
|Rachel, daughter of Laban||Hebron, Land of Canaan||Jacob ben Isaac|
|Bilhah, daughter of Laban||Hebron, Land of Canaan||Jacob ben Isaac|
|Zilpah, daughter of Laban||Hebron, Land of Canaan||Jacob ben Isaac|
|Rebekah, daughter of Bethuel||Mesopotamia||Hebron, Land of Canaan||Isaac ben Abraham|
|Laban ben Bethuel||Mesopotamia||Land of Canaan|