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The well of the oath, Genesis 21:31 ; 26:31,33 , a city twenty-eight miles southwest of Hebron, at the southern extremity of the Holy Land. Dan lay at the northern extremity; so that the phrase, "from Dan to Beersheba," means, the whole length of the land, Judges 20:1 . At Beersheba, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob often dwelt, Genesis 21:31 ; 22:19 ; 26:33 ; 28:10 ; 46:1 . The town that afterwards rose here was first assigned to Judah, and then to Simeon, Joshua 15:28 ; 19:2 . Here Samuel established his sons as judges, 1 Samuel 8:2 . Elijah rested here on his way to Horeb, 1 Kings 19:3 . It was a seat of idolatry in the time of Uzziah, Amos 5:5 ; 8:14 . After the captivity, it was repeopled by the Jews, Nehemiah 11:27,30 , and continued a large village many centuries after the coming of Christ. Dr. Robinson found its site at Bir-es-Seba, on the border of the great desert south of Canaan-the ruins of a small straggling city, and two deep stone wells of excellent water, surrounded by stone troughs, and bearing the marks of great antiquity.

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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Beer-Sheba'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. 1859.

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