He built an altar there and named the place for the God of Bethel, because God had revealed himself to him there when he was running away from his brother.
Rebecca's nurse Deborah died and was buried beneath the oak south of Bethel. So it was named "Oak of Weeping."
When Jacob returned from Mesopotamia, God appeared to him again and blessed him.
God said to him, "Your name is Jacob, but from now on it will be Israel." So God named him Israel. 1
And God said to him, "I am Almighty God. Have many children. Nations will be descended from you, and you will be the ancestor of kings. 2
I will give you the land which I gave to Abraham and to Isaac, and I will also give it to your descendants after you."
Then God left him.
There, where God had spoken to him, Jacob set up a memorial stone and consecrated it by pouring wine and olive oil on it. 3
He named the place Bethel.
Jacob and his family left Bethel, and when they were still some distance from Ephrath, the time came for Rachel to have her baby, and she was having difficult labor.
When her labor pains were at their worst, the midwife said to her, "Don't be afraid, Rachel; it's another boy."