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Hebrew: באר שבע
also known as: Beer-Sheva, Be'er Sheva, Bir es-Seba, Tell Be'er Sheva
Meaning: well of the oath, or well of seven
A satellite view of the well’s location is provided below.
It is mentioned among the “cities” given to the tribe of Simeon (Joshua 19:2; 1 Chronicles 4:28). From Dan to Beersheba, a distance of about 144 miles (Judges 20:1; 1 Chronicles 21:2; 2 Samuel 24:2), became the usual way of designating the whole Promised Land, and passed into a proverb.
The ancient city appears to have been located to the east of modern Be'er Sheva (Beersheba, also called by the Arabs Bir es-Seba, i.e., “Well of the Seven,” where there are to the present day 2 principal wells and 5 smaller ones). It is nearly midway between the southern end of the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean.