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Bezer was a Levitical city in the desert plateau east of the Jordan, and of Hebron, originally a resting place for travelers. It was designated by Moses as a 'city of refuge', a “safe-haven” for Reubenites and others, to which any person guilty of manslaughter could flee to avoid being killed in vengeance.
The site of Bezer "cannot be located with certainty," although several sites have been proposed.
Cities of refuge were necessary because the next of kin of a manslaughter victim had a right and obligation under the Law of Moses to seek compensation - in kind - for blood shed by the perpetrator.
Therefore, anyone accused of homicide would flee to a city of refuge, to be protected from the victim's family. Once he was there, a manslaughterer was prohibited from leaving until the high priest had died or until his own death, even if the victim's family had forgiven them.
- Green, Douglas J. (2010). "I Undertook Great Works": The Ideology of Domestic Achievements in West Semitic Royal Inscriptions. Tübingen, Germany: Mohn Siebeck. p. 115. ISBN 978-3-16-150168-5.