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Although Jacob did not love his wife Leah (he favored her sister Rachel, who he also married, after he unknowingly married Leah - see Jacob's First Love), it was with Leah that half of Jacob's twelve sons were born. Judah, from whom the Jews ("Jew" is an abbreviation of Judah) was the fourth-born child of Jacob and Leah i.e. Jesus Christ is descended from Leah (pronounced in Hebrew, lay-ah).
"29:31 And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren. 29:32 And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.
When Rachel was not having the children that she wanted, she appointed her servant Bilhah to be a surrogate mother.
"30:1 And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.
As Rachel had done, Leah then appointed her servant Zilpah as a surrogate mother.
"30:9 When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah her maid, and gave her Jacob to wife. 30:10 And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob a son. 30:11 And Leah said, A troop cometh: and she called his name Gad.
The dislike and jealousy between Leah and Rachel was made obvious with such statements as "30:15 And she said unto her, Is it a small matter that thou hast taken my husband?" It nevertheless did not prevent Leah from having more children with Jacob - including a daughter, Dinah. In all, half of the tribes of Israel are descended from Leah, the other half from Jacob's other wife, Rachel, and two concubines, Bilhah and Zilpah.
"30:14 And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I pray thee, of thy son's mandrakes.
When the other three women stopped having children, Rachel had her first.
"30:22 And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb. 30:23 And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach: 30:24 And she called his name Joseph [see The Israelite Patriarchs - Joseph]; and said, The LORD shall add to me another son." (Genesis 30:22-24 KJV)
Fact Finder: All of the sons of Jacob, as listed in the verses above, were born outside of the land of Israel. Which son would later become the only one born in the land of Israel?