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The Well of Moses

But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well. Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock. And when they came to Reuel their father, he said, How is it that ye are come so soon to day? And they said, An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us, and watered the flock. And he said unto his daughters, And where is he? why is it that ye have left the man? call him, that he may eat bread. And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter. And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land. (Exodus 2:15-22)

2 comments to The Well of Moses

  • Richard Saloom

    Father, What are the main water sources for St. Catherine’s? Is this well still functional?

    • Father Justin

      The well is about thirty feet deep, and extends into the natural aquifer here that is replenished by the winter rains. This has been an oasis from ancient times. We use well water for the garden, but the drinking water for the monastery comes from a spring in the opposite valley.

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