Hebron was once the seat of Israel, King David ruled from this town before moving the capital to Jerusalem. Hebron is a major religious site for Moslems and Jews. The city of Hebron dates to before the time of Avraham Avinu and also is known by the name of Qiryat Arba. Jews lived in Hebron proper until the massacre of 1929 ce. There are still a few Jewish people in Hebron, however they are being forced to defend their homes against the Palestinian Arabs.
Burial Site of Sarah, Cave of the Patriarchs, Hebron:Abraham, however, proceeded to bow low before the people of the land, the Hittites,and said to them: “If you will allow me room for burial of my dead, listen to me! Intercede for me with Ephron, son of Zohar, so that he will sell me the cave of Machpelah that he owns; it is at the edge of his field. Let him sell it to me in your presence at its full price for a burial place.” -Genesis 23:7-9 (NABR)
Purchased by Abraham some 3700 years ago. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, and Leah, considered the Patriarchs and Matriarchs of the Jewish people, are all believed to be buried there. The only matriarch missing is Rachel, who was buried near Bethlehem where she died in childbirth.The Hebrew name possibly refers to the physical layout of the original two chambers. Jacob "digged" (Genesis 50:5) further in, to make a third chamber for Leah and himself.
The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, Palestine. It is a shrine complex built in the 1st century BC with additions by the Crusaders (12th century AD). It centers around the Cave of Machpelah, an ancient double cave revered since at least 1000 BC as the burial site of the Hebrew patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their wives.