Tuesday, December 17, 2013

W is for water wheel


Near the pedestrian mall in Beer Sheva's Old City they have recently built this pretend-acqueduct.

One end is a pool of water.

The other end is here at the water wheel.

It clatters around and around,

moving a few drops of water.

It was, of course, to the Negev and to Beer Sheva that Abraham our father came thousands of years ago.
The story about his wells in Beer Sheva is worth reading -- in Genesis 21:22-34.

Or here is a summary from The Jewish Magazine

Abraham was allowed to settle on the lands of king Avimelek, who ruled the land of Gerar. But they entered a dispute about a well which Abraham used but which had been taken by Avimelek's servants. Abraham dug a new well at Be'er Sheva and gave Avimelek seven lambs to enforce the oath to be peaceful towards each other. The well was dubbed Be'er Sheva (be'er means 'well' and sheva can be interpreted as 'seven' or 'oath.').

(Linking to ABC Wednesday.)


Roger Owen Green said...

I love how ancient technology can be still valid!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Anonymous said...

Wonderful post for "W"!

Cloudia said...

Moving - and fascinating!

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Oakland Daily Photo said...

Water wheels changed the face of agriculture. Hope your Hanukkha was enjoyable.

Kay said...

What an interesting place. It must be such fun to watch it.

William Kendall said...

I like that a lot. It really makes wonderful use of the space.

VP said...

Very interesting device, but a bit more water in those wheels would be appreciated...

Spiderdama said...

Great post Dina! Would like to see it real.

Bergson said...

les machineries pour l'eau sont impressionnantes