To the editor:
In my opinion, we need to study the Scriptures with a Hebrew perspective. We need to let our minds go back to the ancient time of the Hebrew people and the conditions they lived under before and after the captivities.
The social structure in ancient Yisrael (Israel) was patriarchal — that is, the authority in the family and the home rested primarily with the husband and father. The Hebrews lived much like the American Indians before their land was invaded by those who would take their land.
When Yahweh guided Eliezer (Genesis 15:2), the servant of Abraham (Genesis 24:27) to the wall near the city of Nahor, He already knew who would draw the water for the camels. The servant watched in silence as she drew the water in order to see if Yahweh (Elohim) had made his journey prosperous or not (verse 21).
A camel can hold up to about 150 liters of water. There were 10 camels and the traditional bucket would hold 5 liters of water with each pull from the well by hand. This means that Rebecca pulled the bucket from the well about 30 times for each camel, or 300 times total. One liter of water weighs about 2.2 pounds.
This is one reason for the 10 camels — to test the woman’s ability to endure the hardship she would face. If an ancient woman had been able to live in an average, modern home of today, she would not want to leave her “heaven.”