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A city associated with several significant Old Testament figures, including Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joshua, and David; also known by the names Mamre and Kiriath-arba.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
HEBRON (PLACE) [Heb ḥebrôn (חֶבְרֹון)]. An important city located on the crest (ca. 3350 ft. elev.) of the Judean mountain ridge ca. 19 mi. SSE of Jerusalem and ca. 23 mi. NE of Beer-sheba.The ancient site (M.R. 159103) is strategically located on Jebel er-Rumeidah near where two routes coming from
KIRIATH-ARBA (PLACE) [Heb qiryat ʾarbaʿ (קִרְיַת אַרְבַּע)]. The former name of Hebron (cf. Gen 23:2; Josh 14:15; Judg 1:10; etc.) This name is associated with several significant events. The death of Sarah is placed here, and she is buried in the nearby Cave of Machpelah (Gen 23:2). Jacob/Israel comes
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Hebron (Place). 1. City of antiquity still standing today. It was built on the southern end of the highlands which run north to south through the length of Palestine. In patriarchal times it was known as Kirjath-arba (or Kiriath-arba; see Gn 23:2), and stood on the hill known as El Arbain. The modern
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Hebron hēʹbrən [Heb. ḥeḇrôn—‘league’ or ‘confederacy’; Gk. Chebrōn]. A city known in ancient times as Kiriatharba, located about 30 km (19 mi) SSW of Jerusalem on a sloping hill, er-Rumeideh. The hill is 927 m (3040 ft) above sea level and overlooks a fertile valley to the west with an unusual
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
HEBRON (Place)1. City of antiquity still standing today. It was built on the southern end of the highlands that run north to south through the length of Palestine. In patriarchal times it was known as Kiriath-arba (Gn 23:2) and stood on the hill known as El Arbain. The modern city straddles both ridges
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Hebron (hee´bruhn), one of the central cities (modern el-Khalil) in the southern hill country of Judah some twenty miles south-southwest of Jerusalem. Hebron is situated at one of the highest points (about 3,040 feet above sea level) on the central mountainous ridge and is one of the oldest continually
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
HEBRON1. The third named son of Kohath, the son of Levi (Ex 6:18; Num 3:19, 27; 1 Chr 6:2, 18; 23:12). His descendants were called Hebronites (Num 3:27; 26:58; 1 Chr 26:23, 30–31).2. A descendant of Caleb (1 Chr 2:42–43).3. A very old city 19 mile SSW of Jerusalem on the road to Beer-sheba via Bethlehem.
KIRJATH-ARBA. An old name for the city of Hebron a where Abraham established his home (Gen 23:2; 35:27). A city in the hill country of Judah (Josh 15:54; Jdg 1:10), Caleb captured it from the Anakim for whose hero Arba a the father of Anak, it had been named (Josh 14:15). It became a city of refuge (Josh
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
HEBRON (Heb. ḥeḇrôn, ‘confederacy’; cf. its alternative and older name Kiriath-arba, ‘tetrapolis’), the highest town in Palestine, 927 m above the level of the Mediterranean, 30 km SSW of Jerusalem. The statement that it ‘was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt’ (Nu. 13:22) probably relates its
KIRIATH-ARBA (Heb. qiryaṯ ’arba‘, ‘city of four’, i.e. ‘tetrapolis’), an earlier name of *Hebron. According to Jos. 14:15, it was ‘the metropolis of the Anakim’ (so lxx; MT makes the numeral ’arba‘, ‘four’, into a personal name). The name Kiriath-arba occurs once in the story of Abraham (Gn. 23:2) and
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Hebron (Heb. ḥeḇrôn) (PLACE)A city 30.6 km. (19 mi.) SSE of Jerusalem and 37 km. (23 mi.) NE of Beer-sheba, 1021 m. (3350 ft.) above sea level on the Judean mountain ridge; also known as Kiriath-arba (“city of four”; Gen. 23:2). With the possible exception of Jerusalem, probably no other site in
Kiriath-Arba (Heb. qiryaṯ ʾarbaʿ)The ancient name (“city of four”) of Hebron (Josh. 15:54). The name could mean “city of four districts” (a tetrapolis) or “city of four famous persons,” as Jerome assumed by citing Adam, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Josh. 14:15 traces the etymology to Arba, a great hero
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Hebron (Place). †A city in the hill country of Judah, identified with modern er-Rumeideh, approximately 30 km. (19 mi.) south-southwest of Jerusalem. Situated some 927 m. (3040 ft.) above sea level and thus the highest city in the region west of the Jordan river, ruins at the site (Deir el-Arba˓in)
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
HEBRON One of the most ancient cities of Judah, on the way from Jerusalem to Beer-Sheba, where roads leading east and west converge; a Levitical city, and a city of refuge (Josh. 21:13). Also named Kirjath-Arba (Gen. 23:2, etc.), possibly after Arba, who was a great man among the Anakim (Josh. 14:15,
Catholic Bible Dictionary
HEBRON An important city in the mountains of Judah, to the southeast of Jerusalem; the modern city of Hebron is almost certainly on the same site. According to Num 13:22, Hebron was built seven years before the foundation of Zoan (Greek Tanis) in Egypt, the capital of the Hyksos. Therefore it was not