from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of southern Israel southwest of Jerusalem. In biblical times it marked the southern boundary of Palestine. Population: 185,000.


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  • You can start down in Beersheba, where you are baked by the sun on the border of the desert, and climb up to the temperate zone of Jerusalem, where there is rain and snow on occasions; one morning early in June there was a rainfall that caught me in the temple area.

    Palestine, Today and Tomorrow

  • This is, perhaps, why "Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the Lord, the everlasting God."

    Janey Canuck in the West

  • At this Elijah was affrighted, and fled to the city called Beersheba, which is situate at the utmost limits of the country belonging to the tribe of Judah, towards the land of Edom; and there he left his servant, and went away into the desert.

    Antiquities of the Jews

  • “The one consensus on which this government was built was disengagement from the West Bank, and it has become irrelevant,” says Lev Grinberg, a political sociologist at Ben-Gurion University, in Beersheba.

    The Minister for National Fears

  • But recently, over the past 24 hours, we've seen these Hamas militants trying to reach these further targets, Beersheba, which is 25 miles away, showing that they have the capability to hit further into the state of Israel and there hasn't been an attack in Sderot itself since last night.

    CNN Transcript Jan 1, 2009

  • Hence the place was called Beersheba (well of the seven), for there these two men took an oath (beseventhed themselves).

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • Abraham with reference to a certain well which, from this circumstance, was called Beersheba (q.v.), "the well of the oath" (Gen. 21: 22, 32; 26: 26).

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Whereupon Abimelech assigned him land and money; and they coventanted to live together without guile, and took an oath at a certain well called Beersheba, which may be interpreted, The Well of the Oath: and so it is named by the people of the country unto this day.

    Antiquities of the Jews

  • So that place was called Beersheba, because the two men swore an oath there.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

  • Missiles reached the city of Beersheba, which is 28 miles from Gaza. - Photown News


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