When Isaac was 40 years old, he married Rebecca, daughter of Bethuel the Aramaean of Padan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramaean. Vayehi Yitschak ben-arba'im shanah bekachto et-Rivkah bat-Betu'el ha'Arami miPadan Aram achot Lavan ha'Arami lo le'ishah.
Padan Aram Some sources state that this is identical with Aram Naharaim mentioned in Genesis 24:10 (Radak). Others write that padan means a yoke or field, and that this is the Field of Aram (Hosea 12:13), the area between Aram Naharaim and Aram Tzova (Allepo) (Rashi; Ibn Ezra). Charan is about 100 miles northeast of Allepo. The word padan is found to mean a pair (Targum on 1 Samuel 11:7). The area is sometimes simply called Padan alone (Genesis 48:7). Also see Daniel 11:45.
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