Why was the city called Hebron, חברון? “This name,” says the sages of Israel, “is made up of the contraction of two Hebrew words: חבר נאה ha-VER na-EH, agreeable friend; this designates Abraham who was the first agreeable friend of God. God had said to Israel (Isaiah 41:8), “The seed of Abraham, My friend.”

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