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Laban

Meaning: white

This was the name of a biblical man and a city.

  1. Laban, a great-nephew of Abraham, Isaac’s brother-in-law, and Jacob’s father-in-law

    Laban’s father was Bethuel, who was the son of NahorAbraham’s brother.

    He lived at Haran in Mesopotamia. His sister Rebekah was Isaac's wife (Genesis 24). Jacob, one of the sons of this marriage, fled to the house of Laban, whose daughters Leah and Rachel (ch. 29) he eventually married. (See HARAN and JACOB.)

  2. Laban, a city in the Arabian desert in the route of the Israelites (Deuteronomy 1:1), probably identical with Libnah (Numbers 33:20)—one of the wilderness Exodus encampments of the Israelites