Ancient Hebron served as the seedbed for the nation of Israel. Abraham lived in Hebron, and the only land he ever possessed was the burial cave he purchased there. Later, David ruled as king over Judah from Hebron. The remains of the shrine built over the cave of Machpelah by Herod the Great still stands today.

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Bible Reference

  • Genesis 13:18
    Abram settles at Hebron in the land of Canaan.
  • Genesis 18:1-33
    God’s messengers visit Abraham and haggle over the future of Sodom.
  • Genesis 23:1-20; 25:7-10; 35:27-29;
    49:29-32; 50:12-14

    Sarah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are buried in the cave of Machpelah.
  • Joshua 10:5; 36-37

    The king of Hebron joins the coalition to defeat Joshua.
  • Joshua 14:6-15; 15:13-14

    Caleb requests the land around Hebron as his inheritance.
  • Joshua 20:1-9

    Hebron is named one of the six cities of refuge.
  • 2 Samuel 2:1-4, 11

    David is anointed king over Judah.
  • 2 Samuel 12:1-12
    Absalom conspires against David and goes to Hebron to be proclaimed king.
  • 2 Chronicles 11:10
    Rehoboam fortifies Hebron against Jeroboam.

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