Map of the Northern Negev
This map shows the north part
of the Negev region in ancient Israel. The Negev was referred to as the "dry land,"
and it was south below the hills of Judah. Israel was often referred
to as extending from Dan in the north to Beersheba in the south.
Beersheba was in the heart of the Negev, and the Negev extends 15
mile to the north and south of Beersheba, and 40 miles from east to
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Map of the Negev also
known as the "Dry Land"
The country of Israel was divided into
5 regions: The coastal plain, the Shephelah (lowlands near the
coast), the Negev (southland), the hill country, and the wilderness.
The area of the Negev is between the hills to the north and the
hills to the south, therefore the season of heavy rains brought
water down into the Negev causing rich alluvial soil which form fine
particles of sand that blow in the strong winds.
"Turn again our
captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south."
- Psalm 126:4
Since the rains are seasonal there are
many droughts in the Negev. This area was better for raising animals
rather than farming, and the locals provided caravan traffic.
Though Beersheba was not a commercial center it was a junction for
many roads in all directions.
1 Samuel 3:20 - And all
Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel
[was] established [to be] a prophet of the LORD.
The Bible Mentions a lot Concerning the
Jeremiah 50:39 -
Therefore the wild beasts of the desert with the wild
beasts of the islands shall dwell [there], and the owls shall dwell
therein: and it shall be no more inhabited for ever; neither shall
it be dwelt in from generation to generation.
34:14 - The wild beasts of the desert shall
also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr shall
cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find
for herself a place of rest.
41:19 - I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the
shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the
desert the fir tree, [and] the pine, and the box tree
- For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste
places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her
desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall
be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
43:20 - The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons
and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, [and] rivers
in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.
24:26 - Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is
in the desert; go not forth: behold, [he is] in the
secret chambers; believe [it] not.
27:14 - For ye rebelled against my commandment in the
desert of Zin, in the strife of the congregation, to
sanctify me at the water before their eyes: that [is] the water of
Meribah in Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.
25:24 - And all the kings of Arabia, and all the kings of
the mingled people that dwell in the desert,
- Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest
of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert,
and came to the mountain of God, [even] to Horeb.
14:13 - When Jesus heard [of it], he departed thence by ship
into a desert place apart: and when the people had
heard [thereof], they followed him on foot out of the cities.
47:8 - Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward
the east country, and go down into the desert, and go
into the sea: [which being] brought forth into the sea, the waters
shall be healed.
- Give them according to their deeds, and according to the
wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their
hands; render to them their desert.
Chronicles 26:10 - Also he built towers in the desert,
and digged many wells: for he had much cattle, both in the low
country, and in the plains: husbandmen [also], and vine dressers in
the mountains, and in Carmel: for he loved husbandry.
- But he went out, and began to publish [it] much, and to blaze
abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter
into the city, but was without in desert places: and
they came to him from every quarter.
- And they said, The God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go,
we pray thee, three days' journey into the desert, and
sacrifice unto the LORD our God; lest he fall upon us with
pestilence, or with the sword.
23:31 - And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto
the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto
the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your
hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee.
- Behold, [as] wild asses in the desert, go they forth
to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness [yieldeth]
food for them [and] for [their] children.
- And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and
said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the
towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we
are here in a desert place.
20:1 - Then came the children of Israel, [even] the whole
congregation, into the desert of Zin in the first
month: and the people abode in Kadesh; and Miriam died there, and
was buried there.
13:21 - But wild beasts of the desert shall
lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and
owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.
- Then shall the lame [man] leap as an hart, and the tongue of the
dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams
in the desert.
17:6 - For he shall be like the heath in the desert,
and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched
places in the wilderness, [in] a salt land and not inhabited.
50:12 - Your mother shall be sore confounded; she that bare
you shall be ashamed: behold, the hindermost of the nations [shall
be] a wilderness, a dry land, and a desert.
14:15 - And when it was evening, his disciples came to him,
saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now
past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages,
and buy themselves victuals.
- And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they
had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a
desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.
- And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go
toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto
Gaza, which is desert.
- For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come [to] the
desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and
there Israel camped before the mount.
- The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way
of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for
Deuteronomy 32:10 - He found him in a desert
land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he
instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.
- The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and
the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.