Beer

Well. (1.) A place where a well was dug by the direction of “Moses, at the forty-fourth station of the Hebrews in their” wanderings (Num. 21:16-18) in the wilderness of Moab. (See [56]WELL.) “(2.) A town in the tribe of Judah to which Jotham fled for fear of Abimelech (Judg. 9:21). Some have identified this place with Beeroth.

Well of heroes, probably the name given to Beer, the place where” the chiefs of Israel dug a well (Num. 21:16; Isa. 15:8).

“Illustrious, or the well-man. (1.) The father of Judith, one of” “the wives of Esau (Gen. 26:34), the same as Adah (Gen. 36:2).” (2.) The father of the prophet Hosea (1:1).

“I.e., “the well of him that liveth and seeth me,” or, as some” “render it, “the well of the vision of life”, the well where the” Lord met with Hagar (Gen. 16:7-14). Isaac dwelt beside this well “(24:62; 25:11). It has been identified with `Ain Muweileh, or” “Moilahhi, south-west of Beersheba, and about 12 miles W. from” Kadesh-barnea.

“Wells, one of the four cities of the Hivites which entered by” fraud into a league with Joshua. It belonged to Benjamin (Josh. 18:25). It has by some been identified with el-Bireh on the way “to Nablus, 10 miles north of Jerusalem.”

(Deut. 10:6). The same as Bene-jaakan (Num. 33:31).

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.

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