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Machpelah
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A field near Hebron that Abraham bought from Ephrem the Hittite (Gen 23). The field contained a cave that Abraham’s family used as a burial site. Sarah (Gen 23:19), Abraham (Gen 25:9), Isaac, Rebekah, Leah (Gen 49:31), and Jacob (Gen 50:13) were all buried there.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Machpelah
Machpelah (מַכְפֵּלָה‎, makhpelah). A field near Hebron that Abraham bought from Ephrem the Hittite (Gen 23). The field contained a cave that Abraham’s family used as a burial site. Sarah (Gen 23:19), Abraham (Gen 25:9), Isaac, Rebekah, Leah (Gen 49:31), and Jacob (Gen 50:13) were all buried there.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Machpelah (Place)
MACHPELAH (PLACE) [Heb makpēlâ (מַכְפֵּלָה)]. A field with a cave purchased by Abraham as the burial site for family members (Gen 23). References to the site identify it as “the cave of Machpelah” (Gen 23:9) and “the field of Machpelah” (Gen 23:17). Originally purchased for the burial of Sarah (Gen
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Machpelah
Machpelah. Small field of trees and a cave with two chambers near Mamre in the district of Hebron, which was purchased by Abraham as a burial place for Sarah. The seller was Ephron, a Hittite, and the price was 400 shekels of silver (Gn 23:8–19). Later Abraham (25:9), Isaac and Rebekah (49:30, 31), and
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Machpelah
Machpelah mak-pḕlä [Heb. maḵpēlâ-prob. ‘double’; Gk. tó diploún]. A field E of Mamre, with trees and an adjacent cave, in the western part of what was later Hebron. The name (with the article; cf. the LXX) may somehow describe the form of the cave. Abraham bought Machpelah from Ephron the Hittite
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Machpelah
MACHPELAH Small field of trees and a cave with two chambers near Mamre in the district of Hebron, which was purchased by Abraham as a burial place for Sarah. The seller was Ephron, a Hittite, and the price was 400 shekels of silver (Gn 23:8–19). Later, Abraham (25:9), Isaac and Rebekah (49:30–31), and
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Machpelah
Machpelah (mak-pee´luh; Heb., perhaps “double”), the burial place of Sarah, Abraham, Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob, and Leah. Both the “cave of Machpelah” (Gen. 23:9; 25:9) and the “field of Machpelah” (23:17, 19; 49:30; 50:13) are mentioned. Abraham purchased the site from Ephron the Hittite for four hundred
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Machpelah
The mosque at Hebron over the traditional site of the cave of Machpelah. HFVMACHPELAH. A field with trees and a cave near Mamre, purchased by Abraham from Ephron, a Hittite, as a burial place for his wife Sarah (Gen 23:9, 17, 19). It is now located in the center of the modern city of Hebron. Abraham
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Machpelah
MACHPELAH. The name applied to the field, cave and surrounding land purchased by Abraham as a burial-place for his wife Sarah (Gn. 23). It was purchased from Ephron, a Hittite, for 400 shekels of silver (vv. 8–16). It lay E of Mamre (v. 17) in the district of Hebron. Here were later buried Abraham (Gn.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Machpelah
Machpelah (Heb. maḵpēlâ)A field with a cave located in the town of Hebron (Gen. 23:19). Abraham purchased this plot from Ephron the Hittite as a burial site for his wife Sarah (Gen. 23). He desired only the cave, but Ephron insisted that Abraham buy the field as well. Ephron’s actions most likely
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Machpelah
Machpelah [măk pēˊlə] (Heb. maḵpēlâ “double”). A cave which Abraham purchased from Ephron the Hittite in order to bury Sarah (Gen. 23:19). Abraham himself (25:8–9), Isaac, Rebekah, Leah (49:31), Jacob (50:13), and possibly others (cf. Jub. 46:9; T. Jos. 20:6) were buried there as well.The
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Machpelah
MACHPELAH The name of a field and a cave near Mamreh (Gen. 23:17), which is Hebron (Gen. 23:19). It was bought by Abraham from Ephron the Hittite. Sarah (Gen. 23:19), Abraham (Gen. 25:9), Isaac, Rebekah and Leah (Gen. 49:31) and Jacob (Gen. 50:13) were buried here. An ancient tradition, which goes back
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Machpelah
MACHPELAH A cave and surrounding field near Hebron that Abraham purchased from Ephron the Hittite to serve as the burial site for his family (Gen 23:1–20). Intended originally for the burial of Sarah, Machpelah was used for other family members, including Abraham himself (Gen 25:9), as well as Isaac,
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