Would you like to step back in time to a city where the Jewish nation’s forefathers once lived and worked, a place where Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob created a life filled with prayer and inspiration for those around them? You can do just that by visiting Tel Beer Sheva National Park.
Tel Beer Sheva is located just east of Modern Beersheba and off of Route 60; is an ancient city that has been transformed into an impressive national park. Thousands of visitors and pilgrims come to the site each year to learn of the fascinating events in this once great city. Whether you are fascinated with archaeology or simply want to stand in the place where these biblical figures once stood, Tel Beer Sheva National Park is a wonderful place to visit on a private tour with me. If you are traveling solo, with a partner, or with the whole family, it will be a day to remember for years to come!
Tel Beer Sheva National Park – A World Heritage Site
Tel Beer Sheva National Park is considered by many to be the location of the ancient biblical city of Beersheba. Beersheba was mentioned 33 times in biblical texts; starting with Abraham and Isaac. It is said that both figures dug wells and closed peace treaties in Beersheba with King Abimelech of Gerar.
In Abraham’s story, it is told that after he dug the well; it was taken by Abimelech but was later conceded after Abraham set aside seven lambs, which is why Beersheba means “Well of Seven.” Jacob, the sons of prophet Samuel; King Saul; prophet Elijah; prophet Amos; and more are also mentioned in biblical texts concerning Beersheba. According to the Hebrew Bible, Beersheba was also the southernmost location there the Israelite slaves of Babylon returned and resettled. Hence, why the expression to describe the whole kingdom is “from Dan to Beersheba.”
So given its long-standing history, Tel Beer Sheva National Park has layers of history that have been rediscovered through extensive excavations of the area. Furthermore, one of the most fascinating pieces of history to be found at Tel Beer Sheva National Park is the horned altar. Horned altars, altars that have raised points in each of the four corners of an altar, are mentioned frequently in the Bible.
In fact, the horned altar found at Tel Beer Sheva National Park was the first one ever discovered in Israel! Upon its miraculous discovery; there was a debate on its age between two professors from the Hebrew University. One believed it dates back to 701 BC, while the other stated it came originated over 100 years later!
Tel Be’er Sheva National Park Opening Hours:
Last entry to the site: one hour before cited closing time
Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 08:00-17:00
Friday and holiday eves: 08:00-16:00
Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 08:00-16:00
Friday and holiday eves: 08:00-15:00
Holiday eves: 08:00-13:00
Yom Kippur eve: 08:00-13:00
On holidays and Saturday, I recommend arriving early; entry is based on the availability of space.