v. — to be enamored or in love with.
So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and he loved (אהב) Rachel more than Leah. He served Laban for another seven years.
Gen 29:30 (NRSV)
References to a romantic kind of love (that is probably an anachronistic term) in the Bible are fewer than many people might expect. However, in the Bible Sense Lexicon entry for “to love,” we do see several references in Genesis that can help us to understand what love was like in the Bible. In Genesis 24:67, we read “Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent. He took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.” Here we find that love between spouses can be a source of great comfort. In Genesis 29, the chapter in which we find today’s example verse, we read that love is something so valuable that Jacob is willing to work quite a long time for it. Sadly, we also see the Hebrew word for “love” used in contexts where the lover is depraved as in the cases of Shechem (Gen 34:2-3) and Amnon (2 Sa 13:1ff). Outside of Genesis, Solomon’s “love” leads to idolatry and eventually the downfall of the kingdom (1 Kings 11:1ff). Love in the Bible can be either a wonderful gift or absolutely catastrophic.
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