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by Wayne Blank
Isaac's wife Rebekah was a "Syrian" from Padan-aram:
"And Isaac [see also Isaac's Faith And Obedience] was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian." (Genesis 25:20 KJV)
When the time came for Jacob to marry, his father Isaac sent him to Padan Aram to find a wife from among his mother's Syrian people:
"And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan [see also The Land Of Canaan]. Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother's father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother's brother." (Genesis 28:1-2 KJV)
To escape the wrath of his brother Esau, Jacob spent over 20 years living with his mother Rebekah's brother Laban in Syria (see Jacob and Laban). It was there that all of Jacob's sons, except Benjamin (Benjamin was the only Israelite patriarch who was actually born in the land of Israel), and Jacob's daughter Dinah, were born:
"Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:
It was upon his return from Padan Aram that God renamed Jacob as Israel:
"And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padanaram, and blessed him. And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel."
Fact Finder: What language of Aram did Jesus Christ speak?