Name Meaning—Rebekah is another name with an animal connection.
When the pilgrims set out from the Ur of the Chaldees, Nahor was one of the party, and settled down at Charran where Terah, his father, died.
Among Nahor’s sons was Bethuel who, by an unknown wife, became the father of Rebekah, the sister of Laban.
Rebekah married Isaac the son of Abraham, by whom she had two sons, Esau and Jacob.
The story of Isaac and Rebekah as a love lyric full of romance and tender beauty has been retold times without number, and is a charming record that never loses its appeal.
Such an idyllic narrative is almost too familiar to need rehearsal, and too simple to require comment, yet because it constitutes one of the most romantic scenes in the Bible, its “moving scenes, so fresh and artless in their old world simplicity” have a pertinent appeal for present-day society.
Ancient Bible histories with their arrestive characters and remarkable sequence of events and fortunes never fail to leave an indelible imprint on our hearts.
The chapter recording how a wife was found for Isaac (Genesis 24) presents a link in the chain of events leading up to—That far-off Divine event To which the whole creation moves.
Applied to a female, the figure suggests her beauty by means of which men are snared or bound.
Thus another meaning of Rebekah is that of “captivating.” If, then, Rebekah means “a noosed cord,” the loop was firmly around Isaac’s neck.