https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/11/02/the-secrets-of-the-cave-of-the-patriarchs/ SECRETS OF THE CAVE OF THE PATRIARCHS EXPOSED by Nadav Shragai, November 2, 2021
The Cave of the Patriarchs — the Machpelah — is a series of caves in Hebron and is said to be the second holiest site in Judaism after the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It is where the Patriarchs and Matriarchs are buried; i.e., Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob and Leah. In this article, Nadav Shragai writes of Noam Arnon’s comprehensive doctoral dissertation on the Cave of the Patriarchs, which covers the 2500 year history of the site, using geographical, geological, archeological, Jewish and historic sources. Most of the existing information is about the above ground structure. Little is known of the underground caverns below the Herodian above ground structure, because access to them has been limited by the Muslims. It was recorded that these caves were visited by Col. Richard Meinertzhagen in November 1917, by jack Seklan in 1933 and by several others more recently. Arnon’s thesis puts together what information is available, a fascinating project. AUTHOR: Nadav Shragai is an Israeli journalist and author of books focusing on Jerusalem.
This article was published November 2, 2021 by Nadav Shragai and is archived at https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/11/02/the-secrets-of-the-cave-of-the-patriarchs/. It is archived at Think-Israel at https://www.think-israel.org/shragai.caveofthepatriarchs.html