Cistern of Sirah

SIRAH, CISTERN OF sī’ rə (בֹּ֣ור הַסִּרָ֑ה). The place from which Joab summoned Abner in order to put him to death (2 Sam 3:26). Josephus states that Abner was in a place called Besira when he was recalled by Joab and locates the area at twenty stadia from Hebron (Antiq. VII. i. 5). The most probable identification is with the modern ’Ain Sarah one and one-half m. NW of Hebron.