Building stone reminders
The practice of setting up stones or piles of stones as reminders of special events at certain locations. Sometimes the stones were inscribed upon.
Key passages
Ge 28:18–22

And Jacob rose early in the morning, and he took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up as a stone pillar, and poured oil on top of it. And he called the name of that place Bethel; however, the name of the city was formerly Luz. And Jacob made a vow saying, “If God will …

Ge 31:45–52

And Jacob took a stone and set it up as a stone pillar. And Jacob said to his kinsmen, “Gather stones.” And they took stones and made a pile of stones, and they ate there by the pile of stones. And Laban called it Jegar Sahadutha, but Jacob called it Galeed. Then Laban said, “This pile …

Dt 27:2–4

And then on the day that you cross the Jordan to the land that Yahweh your God is giving to you, then you shall set up for yourselves large stones, and you shall paint them with lime, and you shall write on them all the words of this law at your crossing, so that you may come into the land …

1 Sa 7:12

So Samuel took a single stone and put it between Mizpah and Shen, and he named it Ebenezer and said, “Up to here Yahweh has helped us.”

2 Sa 18:18

(Now Absalom had taken and set up for himself in his lifetime a stone pillar that is in the valley of the king, because he said, “I have no son in order to remember my name,” and he called the stone pillar by his name. It is called the monument of Absalom until this day).