[quote="SonCatcher, post:4, topic:257506"]
When I read the passage about the taking of the idols, I considered #3 most likely of these. Alternately, I suppose:
- She wanted some memento from home.
As for why she concealed them, I think that she was either:
A. ashamed for her sin of theft
B. unrepentant and intent on keeping them
As for the significance of the story, consider what Jacob said when Laban caught up with them. Jacob said that whoever took the idols would die. A relatively short time later, Rachel died.
She certainly hid them from both her father and her husband, but I think it was the dowry she was thinking of. Dowries were an ancient custom that no decent father would begrudge his daughter. Both acted badly, but it was the father's example that influenced Rachel here. If he had been an honest man and had dealt fairly with her, her sister and son-in-law she wouldn't have stolen from him. Jacob didn't want trouble over it with his father-in-law so he made that promise, but he had no hand in Rachel's death. To say she died directly because of the theft is possible, but I wouldn't go that far. Life was hard then and death came early for a lot of people who never did any wrong.