Tel Be'er Sheva National Park, Beersheba

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Tel Sheva or Tell es-Seba is an archeological site in southern Israel believed to be the remains of the biblical town of Beersheba. It lies east of the modern city of Beersheba and west of the new Bedouin town of Tel Sheva/Tell as-Sabi. Tel Sheva has been preserved and made accessible to visitors in the Tel Beer Sheva National Park .EtymologyThe name is derived from the Hebrew be'er, meaning a well, and sheva, meaning "to swear an oath".In the Hebrew BibleBeer-sheba is mentioned 33 times in the biblical text. It is often used when describing a border, such as “from Dan to Beer-sheba” (Judges 20:1; 1 Sam. 3:20; 2 Sam. 3:10, 17:11, 24:2, 24:15; 1 Kings 4:25; 2 Kings 23:8), but it is also a significant center in the patriarchal narratives. Abraham dwelt at Beer-sheba (Genesis 22:19), Abraham and Abimelech entered a covenant at Beer-sheba (Genesis 21:32), and Abraham planted a tamarisk tree at Beer-sheba (Genesis 21:33). The Lord spoke to both Isaac and Jacob, Abraham’s son and grandson respectively, at Beer-sheba (Genesis 26:23; Genesis 46:1). Beer-sheba is also the site of two significant wells: Abraham’s well at Beer-sheba was seized by Abimelech’s men (Genesis 21:25), and Isaac’s servants dug a well at Beer-sheba also (Genesis 26:25). Additionally, archaeological evidence of the dismantling of the altar at Tel Beer-sheba strongly supports a correlation with the biblical account of the cultic reform carried out by King Hezekiah (2 Kings 18:22).
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  • Having lived in, and toured Israel widely for the last forty years since our immigration, I really believed that I had seen it all, but this organized historical tour-club visit was an eye-opener! The...  more »
  • Tel Be'er Sheva National Park focuses around the ancient well in Beersheba from Abraham's time and the history it represents.  more »
  • If in Be'er Sheva then easy to get to just out of town on local bus or drive. You can walk the well but you can miss it's entry at the top. You will see exit at the bottom walking up path to Tel.  more »
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