Rachel was Laban's second daughter, and Jacob's second wife. Jacob first met Rachel by a water well. He quickly fell in love with her. Jacob struck a deal with Laban that he would work for Laban for seven years to get permission to marry Rachel. But Laban tricked Jacob into marrying Leah, who was Rachel's older sister.
Jacob, still in love with Rachel, struck another deal with Laban to work another seven years for the permission to marry Rachel. Eventually, Jacob also married Rachel.
Unlike her sister, Leah, Rachel struggled to conceive children. She presented her handmaid, Bilhah, to Jacob, for the purpose of bearing children. Bilhah gave birth to Dan and Naphtali, who were considered legal sons of Rachel.
Later, Rachel gave birth to Joseph and Benjamin. There is a site in Israel today that is revered as the burial site of Rachel. The story of Rachel is found in Genesis, chapters 29-35.
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