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Genesis 29 tells the story of how Rachel and Jacob met. Jacob met Rachel at a well where she took her father's sheep. Rachel's father, Laban, was Jacob's uncle. When Jacob met with Laban, he agreed to work for Laban for seven years in order to marry Rachel.
After he had served his seven years of service, Laban tricked him into marrying Leah. Jacob then agreed to serve Laban for another seven years so he could marry Rachel. Rachel and Jacob only had two sons together, Joseph and Benjamin.
The story of Hannah and Elkanah is found in 1 Samuel 1. Hannah was one of Elkanah's two wives, but she was barren. Even though Hannah could not have children, Elkanah loved her and gave her double portions to make an offering when they visited the tabernacle in Shiloh. Every year during this trip, Peninnah, Elkanah's other wife, provoked Hannah and made her cry. On this occasion in 1 Samuel 1:8, Elkanah said to Hannah, "Hannah, why do you not eat? And why is your heart grieved? Am I not better to you than ten sons?" After dinner, Hannah went to pray at the tabernacle, and the priest Eli thought she was drunk.
When she told him that she wasn't drunk and that she was troubled. He answered her, saying, "Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him". (1 Samuel 1:17) It is after this that she gave birth to Samuel.
The book of Esther tells the story of how Esther became the queen when King Ahasuerus deposed his wife Vashti. Esther was one of the young virgins that were prepared to be presented to the king. According to Esther 2:17, "The king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so he set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen instead of Vashti". Esther was able to use her position as queen to save her people when Haman wanted to have them killed.
After the death of her husband, Ruth accompanied her mother-in-law Naomi to Bethlehem. It was there that she met Boaz. She began to glean the wheat in his fields. Boaz had heard of what she had done for Naomi and was attracted to her character. Boaz, who was a relative of Ruth's deceased father-in-law, Elimelech, was willing to redeem her by buying Naomi's estate and taking Ruth as a wife.
He first had to speak to a relative who was a closer relation to Elimelech and have that relative renounce his right to do so himself. Boaz and Ruth had a son named Obed who would become David's grandfather.
Priscilla and Aquila are first mentioned in Acts 18, which tells of how Paul met the couple. Acts 18:2 states that Priscilla and Aquila had come to Corinth from Italy "because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome". When Paul left Corinth to sail for Syria, Priscilla and Aquila went with him.
They played a role in the early church and are noted for helping to instruct Apollos, who became a major evangelist. Their teaching of Apollos is found in Acts 18:26, which reads, "So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue.
When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately".
Abraham sent his servant back to his homeland to find a wife for Isaac. The servant arrived at a well outside the city of Nahor and waited there with his camels. He prayed to the Lord for the chosen woman to offer him water when he asked, and she would also give his camels water so that he would know she was the one.
It was Rebekah who came out and gave him and his camels some water. Rebekah was barren, so Isaac pleaded with God and Rebekah conceived twins. The twins were opposites, and each parent had a favorite son. According to Genesis 25:28, "And Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob".
When Isaac was old and blind, Rebekah helped Jacob deceive Isaac so that he would bless Jacob instead of Esau. Esau was angry and threatened to kill Jacob, so Rebekah suggested that Jacob go to her brother Laban's house.
The story of Zacharias and Elizabeth can be found in Luke 1. Zacharias was a priest during the time of Herod, and Elizabeth was a descendant of Aaron. According to Luke 1:6, "they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless". Even so, they had not had any children and were "well advanced in years" (Luke 1:7).
The angel Gabriel appeared to Zacharias and told him that Elizabeth would have a son. Zacharias doubted this, and as a result, he was made mute until the child was born.
The son born to Elizabeth and Zacharias was John the Baptist.
Even though Moses is one of the most well known and important Bible characters, not much is written about Zipporah. The first mention of her is in Exodus 2:21-22, which only mentions how she was given to Moses by her father and that she bore him a son. Though there isn't much information about her, the Bible does share a story of how she performed a circumcision on one of her sons when God tried to kill Moses. Exodus 4:24-26 reads, "And it came to pass on the way, at the encampment, that the Lord sought to kill him.
Then Zipporah took a sharp stone and cut off the foreskin of her son and cast it at Moses' feet, and said, 'Surely you are a husband of blood to me!' So He let him go. Then she said, 'You are a husband of blood!'--because of the circumcision". Zipporah did not accompany Moses on his journey to bring the Israelites out of Egypt since Moses sent her and the children away on a donkey.
The only other mention of Zipporah is in Exodus 18 when Moses' father-in-law took Zipporah and her two sons out to the wilderness to meet Moses after he had delivered the Israelites out of Egypt.
When God first spoke to Hosea, he said, "Go, take yourself a wife of harlotry and children of harlotry, for the land has committed great harlotry by departing from the Lord" (Hosea 1:2) So, Hosea found and married Gomer. According to the Study Bible for Women NKJV by Holman, "the Lord used their relationship to show His people Israel their apostasy, or spiritual adultery, toward Him", giving a metaphorical significance to Gomer and Hosea's relationship. Gomer had three children, but only the first was clearly identified as being Hosea's son. Though it is unclear as to whether her other two children are Hosea's biological children, God told Hosea to name them.
In Hosea 3:1, God commanded Hosea to "go again, love a woman who is loved by a lover and is committing adultery".
The verse does not mention Gomer by name, but given the language used, the assumption is that Hosea had to take Gomer back. He paid fifteen shekels of silver and an amount of barley to get her.
Sapphira and Ananias were members of the early church and only appear briefly in Acts. Just before the story of Sapphira and Ananias, Acts 4:32 states, "Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common". Barnabas set an example by selling some land and giving all the proceeds to the apostles.
Then, according to Acts 5, Ananias and Sapphira sold some land but kept some of the money from the sale for themselves.
When Ananias took the proceeds and set them before the apostles' feet, Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself?" (Acts 5:3) After this, Ananias fell down and died.
A few hours later, Sapphira showed up and Peter asked her how much she and Ananias had sold the land for. When she lied the same as Ananias had, she also fell down and died.