Thursday, June 17, 2010

Cave of Machpelah

The Cave of Machpelah (a.k.a. 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 (Hebrew: מערת המכפלה, Me'arat HaMachpela, Trans. "Cave of the Double Tombs"; Arabic: المغارة‎ Al Magharah, "the Cave") because according to Jewish tradition its hidden twin caves are the burial place of four Biblical couples:

    According to Midrashic sources, it also contains the head of Esau.
  • Adam and Eve
  • Abraham and Sarah;
  • Isaac and Rebekah;
  • Jacob and Leah.


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