Sychar and Shechem

Let me get this straight: Shechem (Tell Balata) was destroyed by the Hasmoneans in 108 BC and never seriously inhabited again. The Sychar of John 4:5 might certainly be named after Shechem, but is not Shechem itself. Since Jacob’s Well (32°12’34″N, 35°17’7″E) was near Sychar, Sychar should be sought east or southeast of Tel Balata, near Jacob’s well. The modern village of ‘Askar, was, due to its copious spring, not the village intended. It was, however, certainly the Sychar of the Pilgrim of Bordeaux (Early Byzantine Period),  supporting the idea this was the Sychar of John. However, John 4:15 and John 4:5 together prove Sychar’s only water supply was Jacob’s well.

Author: pithom

An atheist with an interest in the history of the ancient Near East. Author of the Against Jebel al-Lawz Wordpress blog.

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