), a town and country of the Philistines, situated between Cadesh and Shur, where Abraham and Isaac sojourned for many years. (Gen.
20.1, &c., 26.1, &c.)
According to S. Jerome it was situated 25 miles south of Eleutheropolis (Betogabra). (Onomast. s. v.;
p. 804.) Its site was recovered by Mr. Rowlands in 1843, and is thus described: “From Gaza our course was to Khalasa;
on our way we discovered ancient Gerar. We had heard of it at Gaza under the name of Joorf-el-Gerám
(the ‘Rush’ or ‘Rapid of Gerâr’ ), which we fund to lie three hours SSE. of Gaza, within Wady-Gaza,
a deep and broad channel, coming down from the SE., and receiving, a little higher up than this spot, Wady-es-Sheriah,
from the ENE. Near Joorf-el-Gerâr
are traces of an ancient city, called Khirlet-el-Gerar
( ‘The ruins of Gerar’ ). Our road beyond to Khalasa
lay along a plain slightly undulated.
This plain must be the land of Gerar.” (Williams, Holy City,
vol. i. appendix; p. 464.)