Monday, August 21, 2006

Cave of Machpelah

Cave of MachpelahThe Cave of Machpelah (also known as the Cave of the Patriarchs) is considered to be the spiritual center of the ancient city of Hebron. It lies in the southwest part of the West Bank, in the heart of ancient Judea. In Hebrew it is called Me'arat HaMakhpela (מערת המכפלה, "The Cave of the 'double' caves or tombs or 'Cave of Machpelah'") because according to Jewish tradition its hidden twin caves are the burial place of four Biblical couples: (1) Adam and Eve; (2) Abraham and Sarah; (3) Isaac and Rebekah; (4) Jacob and Leah.

According to Midrashic sources, it also contains the head of Esau.


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