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Beer-Sheba
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Principal city of the Negev region of the Levant. Beer-Sheba was founded by the patriarch Abraham and became the capital of the region. In the Old Testament, Beer-Sheba is often mentioned as the southern extent of the Israelite kingdom. It has been occupied sporadically from the Chalcolithic era until modern times.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Beer-Sheba
Beer-Sheba (בְּאֵ֣ר שָׁ֑בַע‎, be'er shava'; Tel Sheva; Tell es-Sab’a; modern Tel Be’er Sheva). Principal city of the Negev region of the Levant. Beer-Sheba was founded by the patriarch Abraham and became the capital of the region. In the Old Testament, Beer-Sheba is often mentioned as the southern extent
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Beer-Sheba (Place)
BEER-SHEBA (PLACE) [Heb bĕʾēr šebaʿ (בְּאֵר שֶׁבַע)]. A town in the S Judean desert best known for its association with the biblical patriarchs, and as the S extreme of Israelite territory as delineated in the formula “from Dan to Beer-sheba” (Judg 20:1; 1 Sam 3:20; etc.). The Hebrew name means “well
Shibah (Place)
SHIBAH (PLACE) [Heb šibʿâ (שִׁבְעָה)]. The name of a well dug by Isaac’s servants (Gen 26:33). News of the well’s completion reached Isaac just as he was concluding a treaty by making an oath (šbʿ) with Abimelech, the Philistine king from Gerar (Genesis 26). According to the biblical account, the
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Beersheba
Beersheba. Scriptural designation for the southern extremity of Palestine, as Dan is for the north (Jgs 20:1), located 28 miles southwest of Hebron. It was an important Negeb site at an early time. Hagar wandered with Ishmael in this area, as did Abraham. Later Isaac (Gn 26:23) and Jacob (Gn 46:1) both
Shebah
Shebah. kjv rendering of Shibah, a well near Beersheba, in Genesis 26:33.See Shibah.
Shibah
Shibah. Name of the fourth well dug by Isaac’s servants, so named for the covenant made between Isaac and Abimelech, king of Gerar. The city at the location of the well was called Beersheba (Gn 26:33, kjv Shebah).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Beer-Sheba
Beer-Sheba bēr-shēʹbə [Heb. be’ēr šeḇa‘; Gk. Bērsabee; Eusebius (Onom 166.20f) equates GK. phrear horkismou—‘well of swearing’]. A site of major importance in the northern Negeb desert.
Shibah
Shibah shīʹbə [Heb. šiḇʿâ; LXX Horkos] (Gen. 26:33); AV SHEBAH; NEB mg OATH. The well dug by Isaac’s servants on the day that he took an oath of mutual recognition with Abimelech king of Gerar. Heb. šiḇʿâ is not only the masculine form of the number “seven” but it is related to the root Heb.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Beersheba
BEERSHEBA Scriptural designation for the southern extremity of the Promised Land, located 28 miles (45.1 kilometers) southwest of Hebron. It was an important Negev site at an early time. Hagar wandered with Ishmael in this area, as did Abraham. Later Isaac (Gn 26:23) and Jacob (46:1) both had significant
Shebah
SHEBAH* kjv rendering of Shibah, a well near Beersheba, in Genesis 26:33. See Shibah.
Shibah
SHIBAH* Name of the fourth well dug by Isaac’s servants, so named for the covenant made between Isaac and Abimelech, king of Gerar. The city at the location of the well was called Beersheba (Gn 26:33, nlt mg).
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Beer-Sheba
Beer-sheba (bee´uhr-shee´buh), the major city in the northern Negev desert, in the territory of the tribe of Simeon (Josh. 19:2). The Beer-sheba plain with its ample winter pasturage is well suited for seminomadic living; thus it served as the principal homestead of Israel’s ancestors.A biblical tradition
Shibah
Shibah (shi´buh; Heb., “oath”), the well dug by Isaac’s servants during his time with Abimelech of Gerar (Gen. 26:26–33). It is probably the source for the city named Beer-sheba.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Beer-Sheba
BEER-SHEBA. A city in the territory of Simeon (Josh 19:1–2) and reckoned among “the uttermost cities of the tribe of the children of Judah” (Josh 15:21, 28). It marked the southern extent of the land (cf Jdg 20:1; 1 Sam 3:20; 2 Sam 3:10; 17:11). Its name may mean “well of seven” (Gen 21:30 f.), or “well
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Beersheba
BEERSHEBA. The name given to an important well, and also to the local town and district (Gn. 21:14; Jos. 19:2). The present town lies 77 km SW of Jerusalem and approximately midway between the Mediterranean and the S part of the Dead Sea. There are several wells in the vicinity, the largest 3.75 m in
Shibah
SHIBAH. The name of a well dug by Isaac’s servants and named Shibah (Heb. šiḇ‘â), or Shebah (Gn. 26:33, av), because of a covenant with Abimelech. The word itself means ‘seven’ or ‘oath’. Already, before Isaac’s time, Abraham had encountered trouble with Abimelech king of Gerar and had finally entered
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Beer-Sheba
Beer-sheba (Heb. bĕʾēr šeḇaʿ)A major city in the Negeb. Beer-sheba, meaning either “well of an oath” (Gen. 21:25–31) or “well of seven” (26:26–35), is mentioned prominently in OT accounts from the patriarchs in Genesis to resettlement after the Exile.Beer-sheba is often used to indicate the southern
Shibah
Shibah (Heb. šiḇʿâ)A well (Heb. “oath”) dug by Isaac’s servants (Gen. 26:33). Its completion coincided with the making of an oath between Isaac and Abimelech, the Philistine king of Gerar. This account provides a second aetiology for the site (cf. Gen. 21:25–31). Shibah is identified with Tell Beer-sheba/
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Beer-Sheba
Beer-Sheba [bĭr shēˊbə] (Heb. be˒ēr šeḇa˓; Gk. Bērsabee).† A principal city and religious center in the northern Negeb, regarded throughout Israelite history as the southernmost limit of their territory (“from Dan to Beer-sheba,” e.g., Judg. 20:1; 1 Sam. 3:20; 1 Kgs. 4:25; cf. 2 Kgs. 23:8;
Shibah
Shibah [shĭˊbə] (Heb. šiḇ˓â). A well where Isaac’s servants found water (Gen. 26:33; KJV “Shebah”; cf. JB). It was from this well, named for the oath (cf. Heb. ŝāḇa˓) made between Isaac and Abimelech, that the city of Beer-sheba received its name (cf. 21:31).
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Beer-Sheba
BEER-SHEBA A town in the Negev, prominent in the history of the Patriarchs. The servants of Abimelech, King of Gerar, had seized a well which belonged to Abraham, but a covenant was made between the contestants on oath (shebuah in Hebrew), and because of this the place was called Beer-Sheba, ‘the well
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Beer-Sheba
BEER-SHEBA (Hebrew, “well of seven” or “well of the oath”) A town and oasis in the Negeb, in the southern Judean desert. It is known chiefly for its connection with the patriarchs and as the southern limit of Israelite territory. The site is today identified with Tell es-Shebaʿ. The town was the home
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