And after this
After this affair was over, the bargain struck, the money paid, and possession secured: Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah,
and here he himself was buried, and also Isaac and Rebekah, and Jacob and Leah, ( Genesis 25:9 Genesis 25:10 ) ( Genesis 49:29 Genesis 49:30 ) ( 50:13 ) . Benjamin of Tudela F8 says, in his time (who lived in the latter end of the twelfth century), in the field of Machpelah was a city or town, and in it a large temple called Saint Abraham, where were shown the sepulchres of the six persons before mentioned, and inscriptions over each of them, showing whose they were; and that at the end of the field was the house of Abraham, and before the house a fountain, and no other was suffered to be built there in honour to Abraham: the same [is] Hebron in the land of Canaan;
that is, Mamre is the same place which afterwards was called Hebron, a city in the land of Canaan, in the tribe of Judah, about twenty two miles from Jerusalem to the south, and was one of the cities of refuge. Hebron has the title of Hhaleah, i.e. the chosen or beloved, among the Arabs, where the (Maggarel Mamra) cave of Mamre or Machpelah is still shown, and is always lighted up with lamps, and held in extraordinary veneration by the Mahometans F9.
F8 Itinerarium, p. 48, 49.
F9 Shaw's Travels, p. 339. Marg. Ed. 2.