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The name Beersheba in the Bible

Beersheba is the name of the well at which Abraham and Abimelech took an oath (Genesis 21:31). Later Hagar meets the Angel of YHWH there 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 the Tishbite (1 Kings 19:7). A famous native of Beersheba is Zibiah, the mother of king Joash of Judah (2 Kings 12:1).

Etymology of the name Beersheba

The name Beersheba is a compound of two elements. The first section is the Hebrew verb באר (ba'ar), meaning declare or make plain:

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The second section is the Hebrew verb שבע (shaba) meaning swear, adjure:

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Beersheba meaning

For a meaning of the name Beersheba, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names and NOBSE Study Bible Name List read Well Of The Oath. BDB Theological Dictionary proposes also The Well Of Seven.

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