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  1. the site of a cave, probably in the ancient city of Hebron, where Abraham, Sarah, Rebekah, Isaac, Jacob, and Leah were buried. Gen. 23:19; 25:9; 49:30; 50:13.
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  • Apart from the field of the cave Machpelah, at Hebron in the south, Gen., ch.

    A Brief Bible History

    James Oscar Boyd

  • And Abraham buried Sarah in the cave of the field of Machpelah.

  • She, doubtless, was laid by the side of Abraham and of Sarah, in the cave of Machpelah.

  • The "cave of Machpelah which is before Mamre," of the Pisans.

    Val d'Arno

    John Ruskin

  • We climbed the crooked streets to the Mosque which covers the supposed site of the cave of Machpelah.