(Heb. beer), to be distinguished from a fountain
(Heb. 'ain). A "beer" was a deep
shaft, bored far under the rocky surface by the art of man,
which contained water which percolated through the strata in its sides. Such wells were those of Jacob
etc. (see Gen. 21:19, 25, 30, 31; 24:11; 26:15
, 18-25, 32, etc.). In the Pentateuch
this word beer, so
rendered, occurs twenty-five times.