Beersheba

Beersheba old mosque

Old mosque

Beersheba (Be’er Sheva)

(Genesis 21:32)

Israel’s fourth largest city lies between the Negev prairies and the cultivated fields to the north.

Known as the City of the Patriarchs, Beer-sheba was where Abimelech, King of Gerar, made covenants with both Isaac and Abraham (Genesis 21:32; 26:33). Here, too, Jacob made sacrifices.

Within the city is the site known as Abraham’s Well. The City of the Patriarchs is first mentioned in the description of the Patriarchs’ wanderings. However, the exact location in that period has not yet been found.

Remains of ancient settlements from the Chalcolithic Period have been located in the area. Excavations have uncovered underground dwellings, indications of agriculture and metalworking that belonged to a culture from the 4th millennium BCE. After the Israelite conquest, it was allotted to the tribe of Judah (Joshua. 15:28) and then to tribe of Simeon (Joshua 19:2). During the period of the Judges, it was district capital and ………

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