Samsons's Well


A deep stone-built well, long known as "Samson's Well", is located about a quarter of a mile east of the Jerusalem Cave. It apparently served as the primary source of water for the site during antiquity. Local tradition identifies the site it with the spring mentioned in the Book of Judges that miraculously appeared to quench Samson's thirst after he slew one thousand Philistines with the jawbone of an ass in the Valley of Lehi (Judges 15:14–19).


The well as seen following spring rains.
The well after a dry summer.
Excavation director Dr. Oren Gutfeld taking a refreshing dip with his son.

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