Machpelah, Cave of
A cave in the field of Machpelah that became the final resting place of Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, Leah, and Jacob. Abraham purchased the field (and cave) of Machpelah from Ephron the Hittite for four hundred shekels of silver as a buryingplace for Sarah (Genesis 23:16). Subsequently, upon Abraham’s death, he was buried in the same cave by his sons Isaac and Ishmael (Genesis 25:8-10). The next we hear of the cave is in Genesis 47:30, where Abraham instructs Joseph, “I will lie with my fathers, and thou shalt carry me out of Egypt, and bury me in their buryingplace.” Then, in Genesis 49:29-33, as Abraham gives the same instruction to the rest of his children,we learn that it also became the final resting place of Rebekah, Isaac’s wife, and Leah, Jacob’s first wife (Genesis 49:31). Finally, Jacob is buried there by his family (Genesis 50:12-13).
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