Such cave burials as these at once recall Abrahams purchase of the cave of Machpelah as recorded in Gen. 23.
Apart from the field of the cave Machpelah, at Hebron in the south, Gen., ch.
The sepulchre of Machpelah was the sole possession in the land of his adoption which he could bequeath to his descendants.
And Abraham buried Sarah in the cave of the field of Machpelah.
Abraham weighs to Ephron the four hundred shekels of silver which he had agreed to pay for the field of Machpelah.
The "cave of Machpelah which is before Mamre," of the Pisans.
She, doubtless, was laid by the side of Abraham and of Sarah, in the cave of Machpelah.
We climbed the crooked streets to the Mosque which covers the supposed site of the cave of Machpelah.
Like the other tombs in its neighbourhood, the cave of Machpelah has doubtless been opened and despoiled at an early epoch.
The present inhabitants of Hebron believe the cave of Machpelah is under a building in their city.