Genesis 29:12

12 He had told Rachel that he was a relative of her father and a son of Rebekah. So she ran and told her father.

Read Genesis 29:12 Using Other Translations

And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's brother, and that he was Rebekah's son: and she ran and told her father.
And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's kinsman, and that he was Rebekah's son, and she ran and told her father.
He explained to Rachel that he was her cousin on her father’s side—the son of her aunt Rebekah. So Rachel quickly ran and told her father, Laban.

What does Genesis 29:12 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 29:12

And Jacob told Rachel
Or "had told" F9 her; before he kissed her, and lift up his voice and wept, as Aben Ezra observes:

that he [was] her father's brother;
his nephew by his sister, for such were sometimes called brethren, as Lot, Abraham's brother's son, is called his brother, ( Genesis 14:12 Genesis 14:14 Genesis 14:16 ) :

and that he [was] Rebekah's son;
sister to her father, and aunt to her, and whose name and relation she doubtless knew full well:

and she ran and told her father;
leaving the care of her flock with Jacob; Rebekah, in a like case, ran and told her mother, ( Genesis 24:28 ) , which is most usual for daughters to do; but here Rachel runs and tells her father, her mother very probably being dead, as say the Jewish writers F11.


FOOTNOTES:

F9 (dgyw) "et puntiaverat", Pagninus, Montanus; "renuntiaverat", Vatablus.
F11 Bereshit Rabba, sect. 70. fol. 62. 4. Jarchi in loc.
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