Sunday, March 6, 2011

Jacob's Well in Nablus, Israel

Jacob's Well
Puit De Jacob
Pozzo De Giacobbe

postmarked in 1937 with two stamps from Syria

The sender wrote Damascus Syria on the top but Jacob's Well is in Nablus, Israel.  They wrote that they started in Cairo and saw Jerusalem, Haifa, Italy, and some place else that I can't make out.

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Jacob's Well is a deep well hewn of solid rock that has been associated in religious tradition with Jacob.

The well lies within the complex of an Eastern Orthodox monastery of the same name, in the Palestinian city of Nablus in the West Bank.

Jewish, Samaritan, Christian, and Muslim traditions all associate the well with Jacob. The well is not specifically mentioned in the Old Testament; the Book of Genesis (33:18f) states that when Jacob returned to Shechem from Paddan-aram, he camped "before" the city and bought the land on which he pitched his tent. Biblical scholars contend that plot of land is the same one upon which Jacob's Well was constructed.

Jacob's Well does appear by name in the New Testament's Book of John (4:5f), where it is recorded that Jesus "came to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near the field which Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there."  The Book of John goes on to describe a conversation between Jesus and a Samaritan woman, that took place while Jesus was resting at the well.


Syria (Syrie) Stamps 1936
Industrial Expo
2 Piastres and 4 Piastres

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