Monday, July 20, 2009

Mara - Rebekah's Aunt

Mara is a Canaanite woman married to an Israelite man, Benjamin. He is a member of the tribe of Judah. She is bitter and jealous of her brother-in-law. She comes up with a plan to get her husband a better and more lucrative part of the trade business that belongs to Benjamin and his brother Jacob. She is a cruel, selfish woman who treats Rebekah like a servant instead of her niece.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Benjamin - Rebekah's Uncle

Benjamin lives in Bethany with his pagan wife, Mara. He is surprised to find out that his sister who had been disowned when she married a shepherd, had a daughter. Benjamin is a business man. He runs his own shop in Bethany. However, his older brother has control of the merchants business left to them by their father. As the younger brother, he is jealous and wants to be more than he is.

When Rebekah arrives, her uncle takes her in because he fears that his friends and neighbors will condemn him if he doesn't. After all, it is his responsibility to take in this orphaned niece according to the law. Besides, she looks strong and he can present her as a household servant to his wife without spending a sheckle for her.