The star of this exhibit is a 68-inch tall bronze statue of “Rebecca at the Well.” This long, lean figure won the grand prize at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens’ outdoor sculpture show.
Rebekah is a member of the extended family of Abraham which did not travel with him to the land of Canaan. When it is time to choose a wife for Isaac, Abraham commands his servant to return to his homeland to seek a suitable woman. Uncertain as to how he will know that he has found the right woman, the servant prays for a sign. The woman who offers to draw water from the well not only for him, but for his camels also, will be the woman chosen by the Lord to be Isaac’s wife. Rebekah’s willingness to give more than was asked has made her a model of generosity and hospitality toward the stranger. As Isaac’s wife, she exercises significant influence over the choice of Jacob, not Esau, to be the heir of the line which becomes the lineage of the Davidic monarchy.