Nothing is known about Leigh Norval except her church affiliation and what can be drawn from the contents of her book. The book was published by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Sunday-School Department, a denominational publishing house which opened in 1854. Norval's book was written for children. She used simple language and sentences and explained details and cultural differences for her readers.
Norval noted that Dinah, as Jacob's only daughter, was probably badly spoiled. Using the technique of comparison as a tool to evaluate various characters, she compared not only Leah and Rachel, but the characters of their children, as well. Norval wrote that Joseph's good character should not be used to judge Rachel, as history showed she sometimes trusted in God and sometimes did not. Norval also raised the issue of polygamy.
From Leigh Norval, Women of the Bible: Sketches of All the Prominent
Female Characters in the Old and the New Testament (Nashville,
Tenn.: Publishing House of the M.E. Church, South, Sunday-School
Department, 1889), 47–53.
JACOB fled from the murderous anger of his brother Esau back to the country east of the Euphrates. The Euphrates is a river eighteen hundred miles