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Machpelah

Machpelah (măkpē´lə), cave, near Hebron; also called the Cave of the Patriarchs. The Book of Genesis relates that it was bought by Abraham from Ephron, son of Zohar the Hittite, for a family burial place. The Mosque of Ibrahim, which now encloses the site, may be a successor to a structure built by the Herods. The mosque was the site of the murder of Muslim worshipers by an extremist Jewish settler in 1994.

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Machpelah, Cave of

Machpelah, Cave of. Burial place of the Jewish patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The site of the Cave of Machpelah is identified with Haram el-Khalil in Hebron.

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