A short account of Tel Be’er Sheva, given by your Israel & Jerusalem private tour guide
“And he said: ‘Verily, these seven ewe-lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that it may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well. Wherefore that place was called Beer-sheba; because there they swore both of them.” (Genesis, 21:30-31)
In the Be’er Sheva Valley, east of the modern city of Be’er Sheva, there is a low hill containing the remains of an ancient town. It is fewer than eight acres in size, yet it is important enough to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This is Tel Be’er Sheva, the famous biblical place.
A bit of history
The biblical story mentions it not as a city but as a well of water (be’er in Hebrew) that was dug first by Abraham, and then by Isaac to water their sheep. Both were involved in fights with the Philistine shepherds, who also wanted the water. Eventually, both of them made treaties with the local Philistine king, Abimelech. Later, Be’er Sheva is mentioned as belonging to the Simeon tribe and as the southern border city of the Kingdom of Judah.