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Holman Bible Dictionary

Kiriath-Arba

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(kihr' ih ath-ahr' buh) Place name meaning, “city of Arba” or “city of four.” The ancient name for the city of Hebron (Joshua 15:54 ). It was the chief city in the hill country of Judah (Joshua 15:54 ) and was both a Levitical city (Joshua 21:11 ) and a city of refuge (Joshua 20:7 ). Caleb captured the city for Israel (Joshua 15:13-14 ). Bible students dispute the origin of the name. According to some, Kiriath-Arba was originally named after Arba the Anakite hero (Joshua 14:15; see Joshua 15:13 ). Others point to the nearby cave of Machpelah where, according to Jewish tradition, Adam, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were buried—thus, “city of four.” See Levitical Cities; Cities of Refuge; Hebron .

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Kiriath-Arba'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/k/kiriath-arba.html. 1991.

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