A Round Israelite City
Biblical Israel Ministries & Tours (BIMT) is all about teaching the Bible in the context of the land of Israel and other biblical countries (Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, and Italy). There are over 100 biblical sites in Israel alone that have been excavated. Beersheba is one of them.
Below you will see one of our latest YouTube Bible teachings. I want to take you there to Beersheba and show you the site. We will first walk through the city gate area, most likely built by King Solomon. In fact, most of the ruins at the site are from the Israelite Period. While we have references to Abraham (Gen. 21), Isaac (Gen 26), and Jacob (Gen. 48), being here, there are not any ruins dating from this Middle Bronze Period. We will pass by a water well outside the city walls. This well reminds us of what Beersheba means (“well of the oath” or “well of seven”). By the way, Elijah also stopped by this city on his way to Horeb (1 Kings 19).
Entering into the ancient city through the gate, we will also see storerooms, the rounded street, and typical “four-room houses” used in the Iron Age/Israelite Period. We will also walk down through the most-impressive water system complete with cisterns. We will descend down large stone steps (original by the way) to see these.
Archaeologists also found a four-horned altar here. It was discovered in secondary use in the late 1973 by Yohanan Aharoni. A replica of this altar is displayed on the site, while the real one is housed in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Today, the modern city of Beersheba is the largest in the Negev, with a population about 225,000.