Betrothal type scenes

Read Genesis 24.1-58, Genesis 29.1-20, and Exodus 2.16-21.  What are the common elements of these type scenes?  What might you learn about these characters by comparing the stories with one another?


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I work at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Hammond, LA. I teach part-time classes from time to time, through Loyola University in New Orleans, Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans and St. Joseph's Abbey and Seminary College. I also just finished a doctoral degree in Biblical languages through the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.
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5 Responses to Betrothal type scenes

  1. Jamal Lawson says:

    The betrothal type scene consists of a man who is either working near or stumbles upon a lady who is retrieving water at a well. She is either getting water for a group of animals or for her household. As she gets the water, the man approaches her and aids her. Then he is invited to her home where the story is recounted to her family. He is immediately accepted by the family and is given the lady as his wife. From these types of scenes, we learn that the man who is kind and gentle toward the lady is often the one who will receive her as his wife. In essence, it mirrors the Beatitude that the meek will inherit the earth; only this time, he gets a wife instead.

  2. Ruth Carter says:

    After reading these 3 passages, I noticed a few common elements present in each story. The first think I noticed, is that the man usually travels a great distance before meeting a wife. The second key similarity is the presence of a well and a woman retrieving water from it. Once the woman encounters the man she takes him back to her father’s home where the man is accepted by the father. The man stays for some time, offered the daughter’s hand in marriage and eventually leaves with her. From these stories, the men are usually very helpful and kind. Also, the daughter’s and father’s are usually very trusting of the man and excited about the marriage.

  3. Jessica Williams says:

    Genesis 24: 1-58
    This is the meeting the woman at the well type scene – men in the Bible usually find their wives at water sources. It repeats itself through the first five books. By comparing this scene with other scenes you can learn that while Abraham sent a servant to find a woman for his son. In the other scenes with Jacob meeting Rachel at the well, and with Moses meeting Zipporah at the well later on, the men themselves came to the water source – indicating that they may have had less wealth than Abraham did and were unable to send a servant.
    Genesis 29:1-20
    This scene is similar to the previous because it is again a case of a man meeting a woman who is distantly related to him at a well and wanting to marry her. In the Issac and Rebekah story, the servant praises God for bringing him to the house of “my master’s relatives”. And again, when Jacob goes, he is brought to a house of his own relatives. You learn from this that Jacob is pretty determined – he is willing to do anything to get Rebekah’s love, even marry her sister.
    Exodus 2:16-21
    And, once again, Moses meets his wife at the well. But this is a little different because Moses defends his future wife at the well – there is a bit of conflict. You learn from this that Moses is very brave.

  4. Naomi Stewart-Rubik says:

    The betrothal type scene is characterized by the man traveling to find his wife, the woman retrieving water from a well, going back to the father and getting her hand in marriage. The families are very open to the man and trust him to take good care of the daughter.

  5. John Hickey says:

    One of the main type scene i noticed is that men find there wives at waters, which are the social hangs out in acient times. This can be scene in the story of Abrham and his wife sarah.

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