Patriarchs, Tomb of the

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ancient biblical shrine.

Located in Hebron in the West Bank, the Tomb of the Patriarchs (Cave of the Machpelah) is one of the most ancient biblical shrines. Among the most authentic sites, it is purported to be the burial place of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob and Leah, and according to Jewish folklore, Adam and Eve as well. Viewed as one of the holiest shrines by both Jews and Muslims, it has been the focal point of persistent struggles between Palestinian and Jewish nationalists.

see also hebron.

chaim i. waxman