the site of a cave, probably in the ancient city of Hebron, where Abraham, Sarah, Rebekah, Isaac, Jacob, and Leah were buried. Genesis 23:19; 25:9; 49:30; 50:13.
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How to use Machpelah in a sentence
The sepulchre of Machpelah was the sole possession in the land of his adoption which he could bequeath to his descendants.Early Israel and the Surrounding Nations | Archibald Sayce
The sanctuary of the Holy Land derived its sacredness, as well as the charter of its inheritance, from the cave of Machpelah.Roman Mosaics | Hugh Macmillan
This well is like the Cave of Machpelah,—accepted by all as authentic beyond question.Letters from the Holy Land | Elizabeth Butler
Intreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar, that he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he hath, in the end his field.The Life and Death of Mr Badman | John Bunyan
The most conspicuous building is the Haram built over the supposed site of the cave of Machpelah.