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Mak-pee´luh; Heb., “double”?

The burial place of Sarah, Abraham, Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob, and Leah. Both the “cave of Machpelah” (Gen 23:9; Gen 25:9) and the “field of Machpelah” (Gen 23:17; Gen 23:19; Gen 49:30; Gen 50:13) are mentioned. Abraham purchased the site from Ephron the Hittite for four hundred shekels of silver.

  • Powell, Mark Allan, ed. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary. Abridged Edition. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2009.