reported by BNP via the Genesis Review
Parents around the city are having trouble with their daughters loitering around the community well, offering to water camels for complete strangers. Ever since the news spread about Rebekah, daughter of the Nahorsons, being met there by the representative of a wealthy foreign businessman, activity around the local spring has dramatically increased.
Some of the seasoned camel herders are asking the city leaders to impose watering schedules, saying that the camels are actually suffering a lack of water because there is now such limited space at the troughs. The young men of the area have started forming camel clubs, so they can take turns walking the camel down to be watered and strike up conversations with the young women or visiting merchants.
A few parents are actually encouraging their daughters to spend more time at the well.
So far, what happened to Rebekah Nahorson seems to be an isolated incident. Eye witness reports are consistent in asserting that the distinguished foreigner was the first person to initiate contact, but Miss Nahorson was quick to offer to give water to his camels.
As soon as she had performed this chore, the man presented her with gold jewelry, then asked about her father and potential lodging. After Miss Nahorson had run home to tell of the visitor’s impending arrival, her brother went out to welcome the whole traveling entourage.
Sources within the Nahorson household say that Miss Nahorson’s father and brother readily accepted the offer of marriage for her. There is some hearsay that the agreement was predominantly a business transaction, and that the Nahorson household and business will profit greatly from it. However, by all accounts, Miss Nahorson is willing and ready for the adventure.
Rebekah Nahorson is expected to leave for the region of Canaan within two weeks, accompanied by some staff. When Miss Nahorson is asked if she has any advice for the young women gathered at the well, she simply says, “Be nice to strangers.”
(for further information see Genesis 24)