Means “league.” Ancient city of Judah at the southern edge of the Hebron Mountains, north of the Negev and approximately 19 miles south of Jerusalem. Abraham lived here and purchased a tomb in this area where he, his wife, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob, and Leah were buried. David’s capital for the first seven years of his reign. Herod built a large enlosure around the cave of Machpelah, where Abraham was buried.


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