And the second lot came out for Simeon, even for the tribe of the children of Simeon . . . So they had as their inheritance Beersheba, and Sheba (Joshua 19:1-2).
Beersheba is listed as part of Simeon’s inheritance. This city had a long history with the people of Israel, and particularly with the three Patriarchs. Beersheba was also the southernmost major city of the Israelites. It was often paired with the northern city of Dan, with the two cities cited as a way to indicate the entire land “from Dan to Beersheba” (e.g., Judg 20:1, 1 Sam 3:20).