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Bethuel (1)

BETHUEL (1)

be-thu'-el (bethu'el; "dweller in God"):

A son of Nahor and Milcah, Abraham's nephew, father of Laban and Rebekah (Genesis 22:23; 24:15,24,47,50; 25:20; 28:2,5). In the last-named passage, he is surnamed "the Syrian." The only place where he appears as a leading character in the narrative is in connection with Rebekah's betrothal to Isaac; and even here, his son Laban stands out more prominently than he--a fact explainable on the ground of the custom which recognized the right of the brother to take a special interest in the welfare of the sister (compare Genesis 34:5,21,25; 2 Samuel 13:20,22). Ant, I, xvi, 2 states that Bethuel was dead at this time.

Frank E. Hirsch


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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'BETHUEL (1)'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.