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Jacob's Well

Water History and Culture

  1. Arthur M. Holst

Published Online: 15 APR 2005

DOI: 10.1002/047147844X.wh11

Water Encyclopedia

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How to Cite

Holst, A. M. 2005. Jacob's Well. Water Encyclopedia. 4:735–736.

Author Information

  1. Philadelphia Water Department, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2005


Jacob's well was dug two miles southeast of the ancient city of Schechem, an area that is currently recognized as the city of Nablus in Israel. The generally accepted history of this well begins with Jacob, the original owner of the well and one of the Hebrew patriarchs.


  • living water;
  • water;
  • Jacob;
  • Schechem;
  • Nablus;
  • Jesus;
  • Samaritan;
  • well