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Sychar

SYCHAR (sī'kar, Gr. Sychar). A village of Samaria located near Jacob’s well, where Jesus met the Samaritan woman (John.4.5). It was situated on the main road that led from Jerusalem through Samaria to Galilee. No mention is made of it in the OT, but there is a Suchar or Sichar referred to in the rabbinical writings. Sychar is most often identified with the modern Askar, though the identification is not certain. It is situated close to Shechem (with which it has often been incorrectly identified) and on the eastern slope of [[Mount Ebal]]. The site, which by continuous tradition has been identified with Jacob’s well, lies about half a mile (about one km.) to the south. In Jesus’ day Sychar was only a small village.