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Facts on Cave of Machpelah
Hebron has had a long history of violence. The Roman government under General Titus destroyed the city. The fortress-like mosque (Cave of Machpelah) was destroyed several times, but never completely. The Crusaders, Mamelukes, and Moslems added to it. Consequently, some of the huge stones at the base are the original stones that Herod had placed there from the beginning. Abraham and Sarah; Isaac and Rebekah; Jacob and Leah are all buried there. Cenotaphs (commemorative monuments) are built over the inaccessible graves. It is a beautifully decorated building with inlaid wood, intricate mosaic walls featuring a 700 year-old stain glass window.
In Hebrews 11:10 a man (Abraham),
"looked for a city which hath foundation whose builder and maker is
God." In Gen: 23: 2-4, 9, 19, one reads that Abraham buried
his beloved wife Sarah in a cave of a field of Machpela before Mamre.
"By Faith" Abraham when he was called, "obeyed",
Heb. 11: 8 is probably one of the most important scriptures of the Bible
for it is here we realize the significance of our faith in God. By
faith, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob believed. So be it with all man