At God’s instruction, following the death of King Shaul, David goes to the holy city of Chevron. There, he is anointed king by the people of Yehuda. Though the prophet Shmuel had already anointed him, his anointment by the people demonstrates their acceptance of his reign. King David rules from Chevron for seven and one half years (see verse 11). This shows that Chevron is not only the burial site of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs Avraham and Sara, Yitzchak and Rivka and Yaakov and Leah; it is also the cradle of Israel’s monarchy. Today’s Jewish community of Chevron serves a critical function by preserving Jewish sovereignty over this ancient and historic city, and the right of all to pray at the Cave of the Patriarchs.
II Samuel 2:4
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