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Beersheba was the administrative capital of the Negev region during the Iron Age.
The area of Beersheba is mentioned in association with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Beersheba was allotted to the tribes of Judah and Simeon (Josh 15:15:28; 19:2). From the period of David onward, Beersheba served as a southern outpost for the Judean kings. Indeed, the ideal boundaries of the land of Israel were "from Dan [in the north] to Beersheba [in the south]." Beersheba is mentioned 34 times in the Bible.