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Holman Bible Dictionary
(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
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Kiriath-Arba'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/k/kiriath-arba.html. 1991.