Hebron is one of the main cities in the southern hill country of Palestine. It lies about twenty miles south of Jerusalem. Abraham resided for a time by the oaks of Mamre near Hebron (Genesis 13:18; 18:1). When his wife, Sarah, died he purchased a burial cave at Hebron (Genesis 23). Later, Abraham himself was buried there. Hebron was a center for David's activities. King Saul was from the tribe of Benjamin, a northern tribe. David was from the tribe of Judah in the south. After Saul's death, the followers of David acclaimed him king at Hebron, which became his first capital (2 Samuel 2:1-7). David later moved the capital to Jerusalem. When David's son Absalom tried to usurp the throne, he was first acclaimed king at Hebron, then moved northward to drive David from Jerusalem (2 Samuel 15:7-10).
AUTHOR: Robert Brusic, Seminary Pastor Emeritus