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The site of biblical Hebron (Arab. Ǧăbal ar-Rumēda), also called Kiriath-arba (Gen 23:2 etc.), lies west of modern Hebron (Arab. el-Ḫalīl). According to Num 12:22, Hebron was built seven years before the Hyksos city of Zoan. Traditions surrounding Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac are associated with Hebron (Gen 23; 25:9f.; cf. 35:27–29). It is said to have been an Anakite city (Josh 15:13f.), taken by Joshua or Judah (Josh 10:3ff.; cf. Josh 11:21 and Judg 1:10). According to Judg 1:20, h…

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Lehmann, Gunnar, “Hebron”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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