Avraham’s Well

The well is 12 feet across and 50 feet deep. Its top 28 feet are lined with stones, set, probably, at the time of the Byzantine settlement. After that it is hewn in bedrock. In 19th-century representations, one sees grooves in the stones, made by the ropes of the water haulers. Map.

Abraham is perceived to be a figure that constituted one of the biggest revolutions in history – He is considered to be the father of the Monotheistic faith. The belief in one God is the basis and foundation of three of the Monotheistic religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
The stories of Abraham are dated back to the middle bronze age 2, around 1,800 B.C, and they tell the story of a Nomad wandering around the known areas of the time, from Mesopotamia in the east,  through Haran, Egypt, and towards Canaan (Israel of the time) and Be’er Sheva. Throughout his journeys Abraham will encounter and have political and personal interaction with the inhabitants of these areas.
In ancient times, every nation, every region, and every element in nature had a god. Gods were tangible, with statues and Idles, and one could see and touch his Gods. The Monotheistic revolution and the belief in one God that has no body, statue or shape, is new and revolutionary at the time, and is truly a breakthrough in the way the essence of the idea of god is perceived.
  • Directions: Visitors’ Center at the SW end of Hebron Road in Beersheba.
  • Entrance is free unless you want the slide show.
  • Phone: 972-8-623-4613

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