This term has been used in most scholarship to designate the ancestors of Israel, especially in Genesis 12–50, and its adjectival form is also generally employed, as in “patriarchal history,” “patriarchal narratives,” etc. These designations, however, are misleading, for in the traditions perserved in Genesis 12–50 and elsewhere in the Bible the “matriarchs” are also prominent. The Companion thus uses the more inclusive terms ancestor(s) and ancestral for the biblical patriarchs and matriarchs, i.e., Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar; Isaac and Rebekah; and Jacob, Leah, Rachel, Bilhah, and Zilpah, and their children. For a discussion of the ancestral narratives, see Ancestors, The, and Genesis, The Book of.