Reuben

Reuben

[roo-buhn]
noun
1.
the eldest son of Jacob and Leah. Gen. 29, 30.
2.
one of the 12 tribes of Israel, the tribe traditionally descended from him.
4.
a male given name: from a hebrew word meaning “behold a son.”
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Reuben (ˈruːbɪn)
 
n
1.  the eldest son of Jacob and Leah: one of the 12 patriarchs of Israel (Genesis 29:30)
2.  the Israelite tribe descended from him
3.  the territory of this tribe, lying to the northeast of the Dead Sea

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Reuben
masc. proper name, O.T. eldest son of Jacob and name of the tribe descended from him, from Gk. Rouben, from Heb. Reubhen, probably lit. "Behold a son," from reu, imper. of ra'ah "he saw" + ben "a son." The reuben sandwich (1956) is "not obviously connected" with the sense in rube [OED].
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Reuben definition


behold a son!, the eldest son of Jacob and Leah (Gen. 29:32). His sinful conduct, referred to in Gen. 35:22, brought down upon him his dying father's malediction (48:4). He showed kindness to Joseph, and was the means of saving his life when his other brothers would have put him to death (37:21,22). It was he also who pledged his life and the life of his sons when Jacob was unwilling to let Benjamin go down into Egypt. After Jacob and his family went down into Egypt (46:8) no further mention is made of Reuben beyond what is recorded in ch. 49:3,4.

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reuben

one of the 12 tribes of Israel that in biblical times comprised the people of Israel who later became the Jewish people. The tribe was named after the oldest of Jacob's sons born of Leah, his first wife.

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