city of Arba, the original name of Hebron (q.v.), so called from the name of its founder, one of the Anakim ( Genesis 23:2 ; 35:27 ; Joshua 15:13 ). It was given to Caleb by Joshua as his portion. The Jews interpret the name as meaning "the city of the four", i.e., of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Adam, who were all, as they allege, buried there.
city of four; fourth city
(the city of Arba ), an early name of the city which after the conquest is generally known as HEBRON. ( Joshua 14:15 ; Judges 1:10 ) The identity of Kirjath-arba with Hebron is constantly asserted. ( Genesis 23:2 ; 35:27 ; Joshua 14:15 ; Joshua 15:13 Joshua 15:54 ; 20:7 ; 21:11 )