Places of The Bible

Hebron

Hebron

חֶבְרוֹן

Chevron

khev-RON

Meaning of the Name Hebron

Alliance, unification or friendship.

Where is Hebron

19 miles south of Jerusalem in the Judean mountains, in the tribal land of Judah

What does the Bible say about Hebron? What happened in Hebron?

Chevron, also known as Kiryat Arba, is a city in the territory of Judah. It is the home of the Cave of Machpelah, where the patriarchs and most of the matriarchs are buried. Abraham’s purchase of the Cave of Machpelah was the first concrete action that established a Jewish connection with a particular site in the Land of Israel. 

Joshua conquered Hebron during the conquest of the Canaanite kings and gave it to Caleb. Later, Hebron was designated as a Levite city and City of Refuge. After Joshua’s death, the tribe of Judah re-conquered Hebron.

King David was told by God to move to Hebron, where he reigned for seven years before moving to Jerusalem. In less happy news, Absalom started his revolt against his father, King David, in Hebron. Absalom’s rebellion failed.

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