Study Guide

The Red Tent Characters

By Anita Diamant

Dinah

So she has seven brothers and four boy cousins—as a girl, she kind of stands out. Dinah is...

Leah

Leah's pretty intimidating: she had eight children at a time when having one child could be...

Rachel

Out of all of Jacob's daughters, Rachel is "the pretty one." She's the daughter the boys swoon at...

Zilpah

Zilpah's that friend who claims she can control the wind and predict the future. You know, the...

Bilhah

Bilhah was a sad child and it was easier to leave her alone. She rarely smiled and hardly spoke....

Jacob

Okay, so a guy shows up to his uncle's camp in rags and declares he's going to marry one of his...

Meryt

At first, Meryt doesn't seem like she'll play a very big role in the book. She's just the midwife...

Rebecca

Rebecca isn't the kind of grandma who makes cookies and kisses you on the cheek when you arrive...

Joseph

Though he seems like a pretty minor character for most of the book—mostly because he...

Laban

"The backside of a donkey has more merit than Laban," she said. "My father is a snake. He is the...

Benia

We don't get to see much of Benia, Dinah's second husband. But from what we do get, we can tell...

Inna

Being a midwife seems to be a pretty common profession in this book: Rachel, Dinah, and Meryt are...

Leah's Sons

Here they are, in order: Reuben, Simon, Levi, Judah, Zebulun, Naphtali, and Issachar. And here's...

Nakht-re

He's Queen Re-nefer's brother, and he serves as a father figure to Re-mose. He's a pretty cool...

Re-mose

The only son of Dinah, Re-mose should probably play a larger role in the book, but he's gone for...

Re-nefer

The Queen of Shechem, who barely survives the massacre and ends up saving Dinah. Re-nefer has a...

Ruti

Poor Ruti: she's Laban's last wife, and she's treated like dirt. When Laban impregnates her for...

Shalem

Shalem's that dude Dinah falls in love with. You know, the dude who gets murdered in his sleep....