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beersheba


beersheba


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Beersheba 
  well  of  the  oath,  or  well  of  seven  a  well  dug  by  Abraham,  and 
  so  named  because  he  and  Abimelech  here  entered  into  a  compact 
  (Gen.  21:31).  On  re-opening  it  Isaac  gave  it  the  same  name 
  (Gen.  26:31-33).  It  was  a  favourite  place  of  abode  of  both  of 
  these  patriarchs  (21:33-22:1,  19;  26:33;  28:10).  It  is  mentioned 
  among  the  cities"  given  to  the  tribe  of  Simeon  (Josh.  19:2;  1 
  Chr.  4:28).  From  Dan  to  Beersheba,  a  distance  of  about  144  miles 
  (Judg.  20:1;  1  Chr.  21:2;  2  Sam.  24:2),  became  the  usual  way  of 
  designating  the  whole  Promised  Land,  and  passed  into  a  proverb. 
  After  the  return  from  the  Captivity  the  phrase  is  narrowed  into 
  "from  Beersheba  unto  the  valley  of  Hinnom"  (Neh.  11:30).  The 
  kingdom  of  the  ten  tribes  extended  from  Beersheba  to  Mount 
  Ephraim  (2  Chr.  19:4).  The  name  is  not  found  in  the  New 
  Testament.  It  is  still  called  by  the  Arabs  Bir  es-Seba,  i.e., 
  "well  of  the  seven",  where  there  are  to  the  present  day  two 
  principal  wells  and  five  smaller  ones.  It  is  nearly  midway 
  between  the  southern  end  of  the  Dead  Sea  and  the  Mediterranean. 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Beersheba,  the  well  of  an  oath;  the  seventh  well