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Beersheba

[beer-shee-buh, beer-shuh-; Sephardic Hebrew ber-she-vah] /bɪərˈʃi bə, ˈbɪər ʃə-; Sephardic Hebrew bɛrˈʃɛ vɑ/
noun
1.
a city in Israel, near the N limit of the Negev desert: the southernmost city of ancient Palestine.
Idioms
2.
from Dan to Beersheba. Dan (def 5).

Negev

[neg-ev] /ˈnɛg ɛv/
noun
1.
a partially reclaimed desert region and district in S Israel, bordering on the Sinai Peninsula. 4700 sq. mi. (12,173 sq. km).
Capital: Beersheba.
Also, Negeb
[neg-eb] /ˈnɛg ɛb/ (Show IPA)
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British Dictionary definitions for Beersheba

Beersheba

/bɪəˈʃiːbə/
noun
1.
a town in S Israel: commercial centre of the Negev. In biblical times it marked the southern limit of Palestine. Pop: 183 000 (2003 est)

Negev

/ˈnɛɡɛv/
noun
1.
the S part of Israel, on the Gulf of Aqaba: a triangular-shaped semidesert region, with large areas under irrigation; scene of fighting between Israeli and Egyptian forces in 1948. Chief town: Beersheba. Area: 12 820 sq km (4950 sq miles)
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Beersheba in the Bible

well of the oath, or well of seven, a well dug by Abraham, and so named because he and Abimelech here entered into a compact (Gen. 21:31). On re-opening it, Isaac gave it the same name (Gen. 26:31-33). It was a favourite place of abode of both of these patriarchs (21:33-22:1, 19; 26:33; 28:10). It is mentioned among the "cities" given to the tribe of Simeon (Josh. 19:2; 1 Chr. 4:28). From Dan to Beersheba, a distance of about 144 miles (Judg. 20:1; 1 Chr. 21:2; 2 Sam. 24:2), became the usual way of designating the whole Promised Land, and passed into a proverb. After the return from the Captivity the phrase is narrowed into "from Beersheba unto the valley of Hinnom" (Neh. 11:30). The kingdom of the ten tribes extended from Beersheba to Mount Ephraim (2 Chr. 19:4). The name is not found in the New Testament. It is still called by the Arabs Bir es-Seba, i.e., "well of the seven", where there are to the present day two principal wells and five smaller ones. It is nearly midway between the southern end of the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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