City of Abraham
At Hebron, is the scene of one of biblical history's truly formative events - Abraham's purchase from Ephron the Hittite of a burial ground for his wife Sarah (Gen. 23:1-20). Later, all the patriarchs and matriarchs except Rachel were buried there. The heart and soul of your tour of Hebron will be the Tomb of the Patriarchs, built over the field and cave that Ephron sold to Abraham, following clever negotiations any Middle Eastern bargainer would recognize to this day.
The feeling of being on sacred ground follows you everywhere inside.The great antiquity of the Tomb of the Patriarchs is revealed to you the moment you behold it - with its massive outer walls going back 2,000 years to Herod the Great and its medieval interiors. The feeling of being on sacred ground follows you everywhere inside. The actual tombs of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca and Jacob and Leah, marked above ground by house-like memorials, are believed to be in the mysterious Cave of Machpelah below the building. Part mosque, and - since the Six Day War brought Hebron under Jewish rule again - part synagogues, the Tomb of the Patriarchs reflects the complexities of this city, to which Jews have returned in recent decades to lovingly restore and again inhabit their ancient quarter.
Photo: Cave of Machpelah