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Structure the Biblical

T hree times in the Hebrew Bible, a prospective wife and husband (or thehusband's representative) meet at a well (Gen. 24:1-58; Gen. 29:1-20;Ex. 2:16-21). Despite considerable variation in the characterization of the participants and the literary construction of the particular scenes, the three stories contain identical motifs and are based on an identical progression of events. All three encounters lead to the betrothal of the girl and the groom. The two meet by the well; the prospective bride draws water trom the well, and then hurries to tell her family about the stranger. This leads to the stranger's being invited to a meal by the girl's f~1mily, and then to a betrothal agreement.