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    • 15.01.06 | 18:35 (IST)

    It is the usual hog wash by the writer. Hebron is one of the oldest cities in the region;because of its associations with the biblical patriarchs Abraham,Issac,and Jacob and with King David,it is one of the four holy cities of Judaism(Jerusalem,Hebron,Tiberias,and Sfat.At Hebron,Abraham purchased the cave of Mach-pela as a burial place for his wife,Sarah,from Ephron the Hitite; this became a family sepulchre.According to tradition,Abraham,Issac,and Jacob,with their wives Sarah,Rebekah,and Leah,were burried in the cave.After the exodus from Egypt Hebron was one of the cities visited by spies sent by Moses.later,Joshuafought the Battle of Aijalon,where "the sun stood still",against a confederation of Amorite chiefs including the "king of hebron" King David was ordered by god to go to Hebron; he was anointed king of Israel there,and made it his capital for 7 1/2years,until the taking of Jerusalam.In post-exilic times Hebron fell to the Edomites;King Herod the Great. CONTINUED

    from the article: Here come the true settlers
    First published 00:00 15.01.06 | Last updated 00:00 15.01.06
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