Did the 12 sons of Jacob marry outside the Jewish race to start off their families?

  • related but without citation judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/73312/… – rosends Jun 27 '16 at 17:46
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    You have a lot of characters to use in the post. There is no reason your question should ever only be one sentence and match the title. – Double AA Jun 27 '16 at 17:46
  • Why would you think they did this? – Double AA Jun 27 '16 at 17:47
  • Jewish race at this time was the family of Avraham as for Yitschak and Yaakov or somewhat other? Are you sure that there was a race? – kouty Jun 27 '16 at 21:16
  • ??? Jacob had only three sons. – msh210 Jun 29 '16 at 3:09

There is an argument in בראשית רבה פ"ד כ"א whether the brothers married Canaanite woman in the neighborhood or whether the brothers were also born with twin sisters and each one married a twin of a brother that wasn't also his brother from his mother.

  • Thanks so much! I think in my opinion the second argument is weak and rather concocted. I have heard the later argument being told for Adam & Eve and it would make more sense for that situation. – user12862 Jun 27 '16 at 18:41
  • רבי יהודה אומר לאחיותיהם נשאו השבטים doesn't translate exactly as presented here. And while it's true that there are opinions who want to read the Medrash as meaning that, there are others who read it more directly. – user6591 Jun 27 '16 at 18:41
  • Tamar certainly was a Canaanite. – Clint Eastwood Jun 27 '16 at 20:51
  • @ClintEastwood how so? – Baby Seal Jun 27 '16 at 21:16
  • @ClintEastwood According to the Midrash (Bereishis Rabbah 85:10), she was from the line of Shem. – Y K Jun 27 '16 at 22:08

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