Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameMachpelah
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1 Identification

  1. Cave of the Patriarchs (modern): very high confidence
    1. building at the Cave of the PatriarchsCave of the Patriarchs

Verses (6)

Gen 23:9, 23:17, 23:19, 25:9, 49:30, 50:13

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookMachpelah (2007)Machpelah
OpenBible.infoae00861 (Machpelah)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_1762


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Machpelah (place)
  2. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Machpelah
  3. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Machpelah
  4. Baldwin, Genesis 12-50 (1986): 23:1-20
  5. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Machpelah
  6. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Machpelah
  7. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Machpelah
  8. Matthews, Genesis (1996, 2005): 23:7-9 note 680
  9. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Machpelah
  10. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Machpelah
  11. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009): Machpelah
  12. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Machpelah
  13. Waltke and Fredricks, Genesis (2001): 23:9
  14. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Machpelah
  15. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010): Machpelah
  16. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Gen 23:17

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identification is changing over time. Each dot (connected by a dotted line) reflects the confidence of an identification over the preceding ten years (e.g., the 2009 dot reflects scholarship from 2000 to 2009), and the corresponding solid line reflects a best-fit line for the identification. Confidences that cluster near or below 0% indicate low confidence. Because of the small dataset, it's best to use this chart for general trends; if one identification is trending much higher than the others, for example, then you can probably have higher confidence in the identification. This chart only reflects the sources I consulted (listed above), not an exhaustive review of the literature.

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This page identifies the current consensus around the modern location of this biblical place.