The Importance of Water in the Bible World

Dr. Claude Mariottini, Professor of Old Testament at Northern Baptist Seminary, has shared two good articles on the importance of water in the development of civilization. These are worthwhile post, and I urge you to take time to read both of them.

The first article is here.

The second article is here.

The photo below was made a Beit Guvrin (near Old Testament Mareshah). It shows a well for water, a tree for shade, and a milestone (which has been moved from the general area to this place.

A well, shade, and milstone at Beit Guvrin. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

A well, shade, and milstone at Beit Guvrin. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

The next photo shows how ropes pulling water from the well cut grooves in the soft stone from which the curb was made.

Grooves cut in the well curb. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Grooves cut in the well curb. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

There are many accounts in the Bible showing the importance of such a place as this. Note a few.

  • Hagar and Ishmael (Genesis 21:19).
  • David craved the water from the well at Bethlehem (2 Sam. 23:15-17).
  • The figurative use in Proverbs 5:15 and Song 4:15.
  • The Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well (John 4).

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