Bersabee; Beersheba

(Hebrew: well of seven, or well of swearing) Ancient town at the southern extremity of Palestine, 28 miles southwest Hebron. The expression "Dan to Bersabee" was used to denote the entire length of Palestine (Judges 1:20). This locality is the cradle of the Hebrew race, connected with memories of Agar, Ismael, and Abraham (Genesis 21), of Isaac (Genesis 26), Jacob who was born there, and his sons (Genesis 28 and 46). Bertha (Teutonic: bright, famous), Queen of Kent (died c.612). She was the Christian wife of the pagan King Ethelbert, and welcomed Saint Augustine on his mission to England, 597. Though sometimes called saint, no evidence of her cult exists.

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