Near the outer gate of the city is a well and a tamarisk tree. Both are later than the time of the patriarchs, but they remind one of the well Abraham dug and the tree he planted (Gen 21). The tamarisk tree is well suited to life in the Negev with its deep root system and its ability to survive on brackish water. It secretes salt on its leaves and drips water in the morning.
The Outer Gate
Stables or Storehouses?
Sandstone blocks integrated into the walls of the storehouses were originally part of a four-horned altar. Three of the sandstone blocks preserved the shape of large horns typical of four-horned altars, while a fourth showed evidence that the horn had been broken off. Another of the stones bore the image of a deeply incised serpent.
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Beersheba (Walking in Their Sandals) Gives easy-to-read information on the location, biblical significance, etc. Features links to photographs and on-line scripture references. See also Tel Beersheba.
Beersheba: The Southern Border of the Kingdom of Judah (Israel MFA) Discusses the archaeological findings, starting with the earliest remains and walking through the following historical periods. Copy of this page at Jewish Virtual Library.
Be’er Sheva: Prehistoric Dwelling Sites (Israel MFA) Describes the important archaeological findings relating to the 4th millennium BCE settlements uncovered in the area.
Beersheva (Christian Travel Study Program) Summarizes the history, location, and archaeological finds associated with the site.
Beer Sheva (Travel Net, by Bazak) Highlights the modern culture of an ancient city.
Beer Sheva History (Travel Net, by Bazak) Approaches the site from a historical perspective, detailing its history from the Chalcolithic age to modern times.
Beersheba (Jewish Virtual Library) Blends ancient and modern history, recognizing the common thread: “the untamed wilderness.”
Be’er Sheba (Jewish Agency) Approaches the region from a mainly historical perspective, giving a concise summary of the historical background, both ancient and modern.
Beersheba (Daily Bible Study) General information about the area with links to many topics related to historical geography, biblical characters, and biblical events.