“Why would anyone name their daughter Leah?” That’s a question my husband asked me a week or so ago, after I wrote about Jacob being tricked by his father-in-law into marrying his ugly daughter, Leah. Ok, It didn’t exactly say she was ugly. It said she had weak eyes…but immediately it contrasts her to her younger sister, Rachel, who is described as being “lovely in form and beautiful.”
What this means is: by comparison to Leah: Rachael had a good figure, probably meaning she was not fat. She was beautiful, meaning she was not ugly, she was easy on the eyes, where as Leah was hard on the eyes. Poor Leah. And I thought to myself, I really don’t know. Why would anyone name their daughter Leah?