The Well of Haran

Places where people gather and drink water have long been locations of importance. Take a look with us at new background images from iBIBLE Episode 18 of the well of Haran, where Abraham’s trusted servant met Rebekah.


A greater understanding of the environment and culture in which a Bible story took place helps us better understand the events of Scripture that happened centuries ago. In iBIBLE Episode 18, we see how a visual presentation of a story from Scripture can help us experience the history reflected in the Bible.


Abraham’s servant arrived in Nahor’s city and stopped at the well during the evening. This was an important time for the city, as this was “the time when women go out to draw water” (Genesis 24:11b). He prayed that God would help him know who his master’s son was meant to marry. After his prayer, Rebekah came out of the city gates, and “She went down to the spring and filled her jar and came up” (Genesis 24:16b).


Archaeological findings have shown us that ancient wells were often large, with a flight of stairs that led down to the cool, spring water. Scripture states that Rebekah “went down to the spring…and came up,” which lines up with the record of Mesopotamian wells such as the pool of Gibeon, pictured above. Rebekah made this trip several times in order to bring water for Abraham’s servant and his camels (see Genesis 24:20).


At the well outside of Haran, God provided the answer to Abraham’s servant’s prayer: Rebekah. Rebekah’s willingness to make many trips into the well to provide for this stranger and his animals showed the Lord’s direct answer to prayer and clear provision for Abraham’s family line.

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