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Meaning and etymology of the name Beersheba

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Beersheba is the name of the well at which Hagar meets the Angel of YHWH for the second time (Genesis 21:14 - the first time is at Beer lahai roi; Genesis 16:14). Beersheba is also the location where God meets Jacob (Genesis 46:2), Isaac (Genesis 26:24) and Elijah (1 Kings 19:7). A famous native of Beersheba is Zibiah, the mother of king Joash of Judah (2 Kings 12:1).

The name Beersheba is a compound of two elements. The first section is the Hebrew verb baar (ba'ar), meaning declare make plain. Our name comes from derivative baar (be'er), meaning well, pit. The second section is the Hebrew verb shaba (shaba) meaning swear, adjure.

Beersheba means Well Of The Oath. The place is called Beersheba because Abraham and Abimelech took an oath there (Genesis 21:31).

Related names are Ashbea, Bathsheba, Elisheba, Elizabeth, Jehosheba, Sheba (II), and possibly Barsabbas.



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