Abraham’s Servant and Rebekah. Artist: Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld. Engraver: Dunetow[?]. Source: Die Bibel in Bildern, Plate 29. Click on image to enlarge it.

The version of this plate in the 1851 Art-Journal (see link below), which was engraved by Krafft (whose name appears on the stone step beneath Rebecca’s foot), seems quite cruder in execution. In particular, the face of the man at the left holding a staff is much simpler, the box the servant is holding omits the nails, and Rebecca, who seems to be wearing a sandal in this plate, is barefoot in the Art-Journal. This later version cites verses 17-18, whereas the earlier one only mentions 17.

And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher. 18And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink. [Genesis 24: 17-18; King James Bible]

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Die Bibel in Bildern [Picture Bible] von Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld. Leipzig: Georg Wigands, 1860. Hathi Digital Trust Library online version of a copy in the Columbia University Library. Web. 25 June 2016. — George P. Landow.

“Examples of German Artists.” The Art-Journal 13 (1851): 58. Hathi Digital Trust Library online version of a copy in the University of Michigan Library. Web. 27 June 2016.

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