Gerar was an ancient town in the Negev, in the south of the land of Israel, roughly half-way between Beersheba and Gaza (see Bible Places). In the time of Abraham, it was ruled by a Philistine king named Abimelech. Both Abraham and Isaac (who was born in the area) made a treaty with the king of Gerar, after separate incidents in which both claimed that their wives were their sisters, in order to keep from bring killed.

In earliest times, Gerar was within the territory of the Canaanites:

To keep from being killed, Abraham told the king of Gerar that Sarah was his sister (which, technically, she actually was):

Later, Isaac used the same survival tactic:

Fact Finder: Which king of Judah pursued the defeated Ethiopians as far as Gerar?
2 Chronicles 14:13
See also Kings of Israel and Judah

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