Pax Hart

Genesis 23: The Death of Sarah

Sarah, having been born in Ur, lives to 127.

This is a narrative chapter that establishes that Abraham owns the land where he buries his dead. The negotiation with the Hittite Ephron is a typical Middle Eastern exchange. Had Abraham accepted the land as a gift. it would have been an insult and Ephron would have rescinded the offer.

This is the first land owned by the Israelites in Canaan.

The Cave of Machpelah, now known as the Cave of the Patriarchs, in the Old City of Hebron in the West Bank. Among those buried in the caves are: Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Leah, and the 11th Century rabbi Hai Gaon. In Hebrew tradition, Adam and Eve are also buried in the caves.


Sarah, Abraham, Hittites, Ephron


Hebron, Canaan, Machpelah, Mamre