liar or drunkard (see Isa. 28:1, 7), has been from the time of the Crusaders usually identified with Sychem or Shechem (John 4:5). It has now, however, as the result of recent explorations, been identified with 'Askar, a small Samaritan town on the southern base of Ebal, about a mile to the north of Jacob's well.
A more direct branch ran due south, past sychar, joining the other branch just east of Mount Gerizim.
Dear, it was harder to Him that sat on the well at sychar, wearied with His journey.
The streets are rudely paved, and pitch to the centre, to form an aqueduct, like the streets of old sychar.
It is here no doubt that we recognise the sychar of the Fourth Gospel.
To the woman of sychar He spoke of water, for she had come to draw water.
The road led through or by the town called sychar, "near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph."
Passed through the rich and rocky defile of Ephraim, by Lebonah, to sychar.
The vale of sychar is one of the most interesting spots in the Holy Land.
Perhaps the people of sychar had some superstition about its water which made them prefer it.
It may be noted that the difficulty is not with the location of the well, but with the identification of sychar.