Gerar

Gerar (Gee´rahr)

A town in the Negeb whose exact location remains undetermined. Abraham visited the town and entered into some type of agreement with the king of Gerar, Abimelech (Gen 20:1-2). However, the bulk of episodes in the OT involving Gerar are in the Isaac stories (Gen 26). The only other references to the town are in (2Chr 14:9-14). Here we have a story of Asa’s (905–874 BCE) defeat of Zerah, an invading Ethiopian.

Gen 20:1-2

Abraham and Sarah at Gerar
1From there Abraham journeyed toward the region of the Negeb, and settled between Kadesh and Shur. While residing in Gerar as an alie ... View more

Gen 26

Isaac and Abimelech
1Now there was a famine in the land, besides the former famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar, to King Ab ... View more

2Chr 14:9-14

Ethiopian Invasion Repulsed
9Zerah the Ethiopian came out against them with an army of a million men and three hundred chariots, and came as far as Mareshah.10A ... View more

 NEH Logo
Bible Odyssey has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.