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In the Book of Genesis, she is Leah's handmaid and the second concubine of Jacob and the mother of Gad and Asher.

Zilpah is given to Leah as a handmaid by Leah's father, Laban, upon Leah's marriage to Jacob (see Genesis 29:24, 46:18). According to some commentators, Zilpah and Bilhah, the handmaids of Leah and Rachel, respectively, were actually younger daughters of Laban {Pirke De-Rabbi Eliezer, xxxvi.}.

According to Rashi, Zilpah was younger than Bilhah, and Laban's decision to give her to Leah was part of the deception he used to trick Jacob into marrying Leah, who was older than Rachel. The morning after the wedding, Laban explained to Jacob, "This is not done in our place, to give the younger before the older" (Genesis 29:26). But at night, to mask the deception, Laban gave the veiled bride the younger of the handmaids, so Jacob would think that he was really marrying Rachel, the younger of the sisters.

Zilpah also figures in the competition between Jacob's wives to bear him sons. Leah stops conceiving after the birth of her fourth son, at which point Rachel offers her handmaid, Bilhah, in marriage to Jacob so she can have more children through her. When Bilhah conceives two sons, Leah takes up the same idea and presents Zilpah as a wife to Jacob. Leah names the two sons of Zilpah and is directly involved in their upbringing.

In Jewish tradition, Zilpah is believed to be buried in the Tomb of the Matriarchs in Tiberias.
-- Anonymous User  11/2/2008
Zilpah is the Tiberian Hebrew version of this name, while Zilpa is the standard Hebrew version. Some say it doesn't mean 'frailty' but instead 'drooping.' Original characters: æÄìÀôÈÌä.
-- LMS  11/23/2008
This name is so pretty sounding! Shame it's not used much. =(
-- LoveHeartKawaii  9/6/2014

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