The city of Beersheba (“well of oaths”) was, practically speaking, the southernmost city of Israel in the Old Testament. When writers of Scripture wanted to speak of all Israel (from north to south), they would say “from Dan to Beersheba.”
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- Genesis 21:14
Hagar and Ishmael wander in the wilderness of Beersheba.
- Genesis 21:25-34
Abraham takes an oath with Abimelech for ownership of the well.
- Genesis 26:26-33
Isaac also takes an oath with Abimelech.
- Genesis 46:1-7
Jacob offers sacrifices before leaving the Promised Land.
- 1 Kings 19:1-4
Elijah stops in Beersheba after he fled from Jezebel.
- 2 Kings 23:8
Josiah tears down the city’s high place.