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also known as: sepulcher
Hebrew: qeber or qibrah (burying place, grave)
A sepluchre is first mentioned as purchased by Abraham for Sarah from Ephron the Hittite (Genesis 23:20). This was the “cave of the field of Machpelah,” where also Abraham and Rebekah and Jacob and Leah were burried (49:29-32).
In Acts 7:16 it is said that Jacob was “laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the father of Sychem.” It has been proposed, as a mode of reconciling the apparent discrepancy between this verse and Genesis 23:20, to read Acts 7:16 thus:
The New American Standard Bible says,
In this way the purchase made by Abraham is not to be confounded with the purchase made by Jacob subsequently in the same district. Of this purchase by Abraham there is no direct record in the Old Testament.
“Today there is a Muslim mosque over the alleged site of this cave” (Henry M. Morris, The Defender's Bible).