List of burial places of biblical figures

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The following is a list of burial places attributed to Biblical personalities according to various religious and local traditions. In order to pay homage, celebrate, and commemorate great people of the Bible, tombs and monuments were established on locations where people believe that the person was buried. The locations listed are not based on factual evidence, but rather locations mentioned in the text of the Bible or oral traditions of indigenous peoples. Lebanon, Israel, the Palestinian territories, Iraq, Jordan and Iran have put monuments on the grave locations in an attempt to preserve them as holy sites. Many sites have been transmitted from generation to generation and there are historical accounts from travellers which state their existence.

Figures mentioned in the Torah[edit]

Biblical figurePlace name and locationImageNotes
AdamJudaism: Midrash says Cave of the Patriarchs, Hebron, West Bank, (pictured)

Sunni Islam: Cave of the Patriarchs, Hebron, West Bank
Shia Islam: Imam Ali Mosque, Najaf, Iraq

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EveJudaism: Cave of the Patriarchs, Hebron, West Bank, (pictured)

Islam: Tomb of Eve, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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AbelShia Islam: Nabi Habeel Mosque, Zabadani Valley, SyriaNabiHabeel01.jpg.
SethIn Judaism: Tiberias, Israel[1]
In Islam: Al-Nabi Shayth, Lebanon
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NoahIslam: Tomb of Noah, Nakhichevan, exclave of Azerbaijan west of Armenia.

There is also another site for the Tomb of Noah in Cizre, Turkey

Shia Islam: Imam Ali Mosque, Najaf, Iraq

There is also another site for the Tomb of Noah in Karak Nuh, Lebanon

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Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, Esau and LeahJudaism: Cave of the Patriarchs, Al Khalil Hebron, West Bank

Islam: Cave of the Patriarchs, Al Khalil Hebron, West Bank

Hebron001.JPGAccording to Jewish tradition, only Esau's head is buried in the Cave of the Patriarchs. According to legends, Ishmael was buried here as well.[citation needed]
LotIslam: Bani Na'im, near Hebron (2 miles away), West Bank,Bani Na'im houses the tomb of the patriarch/prophet Lot in the center of the town. The tomb is located within rectangular mosque with an inner court and minaret. Lot's tomb is first mentioned by catholic scholar Saint Jerome of Jerusalem in the 4th century CE.

According to Muslim legend, Lot lived in Bani Na'im before moving to Sodom. The shrine encasing the tomb was restored in 1410 by the Mamluk sultan Nasir al-Faraj, son of Sultan Barquq. The restoration work was entrusted by him to Shams al-Din al-Ansari, a member of Ansari family which specialized in religious endowments ("waqf). The tomb of his daughters are on an opposite hill nearby. To the southeast of Bani Na'im is a shrine dedicated to Lot, known as Maqam an-Nabi Yatin ("Shrine of the Truthful Prophet"). Local legend claims Lot prayed at the site and imprints of his feet in a rock there are visible. According to Muslim legend and Catholic tradition, Bani Na'im is the place where the patriarch/prophet Abraham, after the departure of the angels, saw the smoke of Sodom and Gomorrah rising as the smoke of a furnace.

RachelRachel's Tomb, outside Bethlehem, West Bank,TOMB-GATE.JPGRachel died on the eleventh day of the Hebrew month of Heshvan, and was buried by Jacob on the road to Efrat, just outside Bethlehem. Today Rachel's Tomb, located between Bethlehem and the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo, is visited by tens of thousands of visitors each year. According to some scholars, Rachel was actually buried in Ramah further north of modern day Bethlehem. The structure was built in 1841 by Sir Moses Montifeore. This is a place where barren women would pray to have children. 11 Hesvan is the tradition date of Rachel's death.
Zilpah and BilhahTomb of the Matriarchs, Tiberias, Israel..
ReubenNabi Rubin, Palmachim, IsraelReuben's tomb.jpgDuring the Ottoman period Arabs would gather each year at the Mamluk-era structure. Nowadays, infrequent Jewish visitors come to pray at the site.
JudahYehud, Israel[2]..
SimeonKibbutz Eyal, Israel. Others says it is located at Kafr Manda or Kafr Katan, near Jenin, West Bank,..
AsherNevei Ta'ari, near Kfar Sirkan, or Kafr Manda, or Tubas, or near Ain Al-Jadur, west of Salt, Jordan...
GadNevei Ganda, in Rehovot, Israel, or Ain Al-Jadur, west of Salt, Jordan...
DanBeit Shemesh, Israel[3]..
ZebulunTomb of Zebulun, Sidon, Lebanon.In the past, towards the end of Iyyar, Jews from the most distant parts of Palestine and the Jews who lived in Lebanon would make a pilgrimage to this tomb.[4]
JosephAccording to Jews: Joseph's Tomb, Nablus(Shchem), West Bank, (pictured);
According to Muslims: Cave of the Patriarchs, Hebron, West Bank,
Grave of Joseph.jpgSome others consider Joseph to have been buried next to the Cave of the Patriarchs, where a mediaeval structure known as the kalah (castle) is now located.

Some archaeologists believe that the site in Nablus is a few centuries old and could contain the remains of a Muslim sheikh named Yusef Al-Dwaik.

BenjaminKfar Saba, IsraelBenjamin's tomb.jpgTwo structures 30 m away from each other are each claimed by Jews and Muslims as the authentic tomb. This site is questionable, however, because it is not located in the territory of the Tribe of Benjamin.[citation needed]
SerahPir-i Bakran, near Esfahan, Iran[5]..
Ephraim and ManassehJoseph's Tomb, Nablus, West Bank,Joseph's Tomb.jpg.
Jochebed, Miriam, Zipporah and ElishevaTomb of the Matriarchs, Tiberias, Israel..
MosesMount Nebo (Jordan)Dead Sea from Mt Nebo.jpgAccording to the Bible, the exact place of Moses' grave remains unknown, in order to impede idolatry.
AaronTomb of Aaron: Mount Hor mentioned in the Bible is identified by some as Mount Harun (Aaron's Mountain) near Petra, Jordan.Mt Harun from Taybe.JPG

Shrine on Mt Aaron.jpg
At 1350 meters above sea-level, it is the highest peak in the area; it is believed to be the place where Aaron died and was buried. A 14th-century mosque stands here with its white dome visible from most areas in and around Petra.
EleazarAwarta, West Bank,אלעזר בן אהרן הכהן</ref>.Due to the uncertain security situation, the Israel Defense Forces limits visits by Jews to one annual night close to the 5th of Shevat on the Hebrew calendar (around January–February).
IthamarAwarta, West Bank,.Ibid.
JethroIn Judaism and Druzism: Jethro's Tomb, Hittin, overlooking the Sea of Galilee;
In Islam: Wadi Shoaib, just west of Mahis, Jordan, although Islam also attributes other sites located in the Sinai and in historical Palestine.[6]
Nebishoaib.jpgEach year on April 25, the Druze gather at the site to discuss community affairs.[7]
AholiabSujod, Southern Lebanon[8]..

Figures mentioned in the Nevi'im (Prophets)[edit]

Biblical figurePlace name and locationImageNotes
NunTimnath-heres, attributed to Kifl Hares, Salfit Governorate, West Bank, Judea and Samaria, IsraelNun2.jpg.
JoshuaTimnath-heres, attributed to Kifl Hares, Salfit Governorate, West Bank, Judea and Samaria, IsraelJoshua1.jpgThousands make the pilgrimage to his tomb on the annual commemoration of his death, 26th of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar.
CalebTimnath-heres, attributed to Kifl Hares, Salfit Governorate, West Bank, Judea and Samaria, IsraelCaleb2.jpg.
Othniel Ben KenazHebron, West Bank, Judea and Samaria, Israel[9]..
ShamgarTebnine, Lebanon[10]..
Deborah, Barak and YaelTel Kaddesh, Israel[11]Barak devorah.jpg.
SamsonBeit Shemesh, Israel[12]..
ElkanahKedita, Upper Galilee, Israel[13]..
Hannah and SamuelTomb of Samuel, West Bank, Judea and Samaria[14] (pictured). Other sources claim Samuel's tomb is located 30 km outside Saveh City, Iran.NebiSamuel2.jpgBoth Jewish and Muslim prayers are held at the tomb. Many religious Jews visit the tomb on the 28th of Iyar, the anniversary of Samuel the Prophet's death.
Jesse and RuthHebron, West Bank, Judea and Samaria, Israel..
DavidDavid's Tomb, Mount Zion, Jerusalem, IsraelKing david tomb.jpg.
AbsalomYad Avshalom, Mount of Olives, Jerusalem,IsraelTomb of Avshalom in the Kidron Valley;.jpgArchaeologists have dated the 'tomb' to the first century CE. It is believed to be the 'tomb' of Absalom. It may contradict 2 Samuel 18:17 which says Absalom's body was covered over with stones in a pit in the forest of Ephraim.
Abner ben NerHebron, West Bank, Judea and Samaria, Israel[15]Abner ben Ner.jpg.
IsaiahEsfahan, Iran[16] or Nahal Dishon, (Israel)..
HushaiYirka, Israel..
IddoGolan Heights,[17]..
JehoshaphatMount of Olives, Jerusalem, Israel[18]..
ElishaElisha's Tomb. Disputed between: near Mt. Carmel, West Bank, Judea and Samaria or Kfar Yassif near Acre, Israel..
HuldahMount of Olives, Jerusalem, Israel. Other sources place it adjacent to the Huldah Gates[19]..
ZedekiahCave of Zedekiah, Old City of Jerusalem, Israel[20]..
EzekielEzekiel's Tomb, Al Kifl, IraqEzekial's-Tomb-at-Kifel.jpgUp till the mid-20th century, up to 5,000 Jews used to come to the tomb during Passover.[21] Muslims believe this tomb to be that of an unspecified personality named Dhul-Kifl. (For an image of the tomb, see:[22]) This site was protected under the control of Saddam Hussein.
Baruch ben NeriahAl Kifl, Iraq.His tomb is located about 1-mile (1.6 km) away from Ezekiel's Tomb
HoseaAncient Jewish cemetery of Safed[23]Hosea's tomb.jpg.
Amittai (father of Jonah)Islam: Beit Ummar, near Hebron, West Bank, Judea and Samaria.Mosque of Nabi Matta: The main mosque in Beit Ummar housing the tomb of Nabi Matta or Amittai, father of Jonah. Mujir ad-Din writes that Matta was "a holy man from the people of the house of the prophecy." Nearby Halhul houses the tomb of Jonah with the inscription reading "Yunus ibn Matta" or "Jonah son of Amittai", confirming that Matta is indeed the Arabic name for Amittai and the Beit Ummar tomb is dedicated to Amittai. In 1226, the Ayyubid sultan al-Mu'azzam built a mosque with a minaret under the supervision of Jerusalem governor Rashid ad-Din al-Mu'azzami. The Mamluks constructed some additions to the mosque and engraved several inscriptions on its surface.[7]
JonahJudaism: Mashhad, Israel. Islam: Halhul, near Beit Ummar, Hebron. There is however another famous site for the tomb of Jonah, Mosque of the Prophet Yunus, Mosul, Iraq...
MicahKabul, Israel[24]..
NahumAl Qush, south of Dahuk, Iraq. There are however two other sites mentioned in historical accounts: Elkesi, near Ramah[disambiguation needed] in the Galilee and Elcesei in the West Bank, Judea and Samaria.[25]..
HabakkukSome locate it at Hokuk, others at Kadarim, Israel.[26][27] Others at Toyserkan, Iran.[28] (pictured)Habakuk mausoleum Tuyserkan Iran.jpg.
ZephaniahEn-Nabi Safi, Southern Lebanon[29]..
Haggai and MalachiTomb of the Prophets, Mount of Olives, Jerusalem[30]..
ZechariahIn Druzism: Abu Sinan, Israel..

Figures mentioned in the Ketuvim (Writings)[edit]

Biblical figurePlace name and locationImageNotes
JobIn Druzism: Chouf District, Lebanon (pictured). Yaqut al-Hamawi recorded that it was located in Nawa, Syria, while another tradition locates it at Salalah, OmanLebanon the rest 115.jpg.
Jesse and RuthHebron, West Bank, Judea and Samaria,Israel.This location is in a cave. Today it is surrounded by IDF security and visitors usually light candles there and read passages from Psalms in their memories.
Mordecai and EstherTomb of Esther and Mordechai, Hamedan, IranTomb of Ester and Mordechai interior.jpgPersian Jews still make annual pilgrimage in honor of the Purim festival.
DanielTomb of Daniel, Susa, Iran (pictured). There are however six other traditional sites including Kirkuk in Iraq and Samarkand in UzbekistanDaniel Barry Kent.JPGAt the site in Kirkuk, the locales claim that Hananiah, Mishael, and Azaria are buried alongside Daniel.
EzraEzra's Tomb, Al-'Uzayr, near Basra, IraqTomb of Ezra.jpgPreserved by Jewish caretakers until the middle of the 20th century. From that point, a local Muslim Iraqi took the responsibility of preserving the location. The area surrounding the tomb is used today as a place of Muslim worship although Hebrew inscriptions are still present in the room. Located where Tigris and Euphrates meet..
LamechIslam: Tomb of Lamech, Mihtarlam, Afghanistan..
Zechariah ben JehoiadaTomb of Zechariah, Mount of Olives, Jerusalem, IsraelZetomb.JPG.

Figures mentioned in the New Testament[edit]


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ מקומות קדושים | קברי צדיקים - גליל תחתון - טבריה - שת בן אדם הראשון - SYT
  2. ^ האבות, האמהות, הבנים והנביאים
  3. ^ דן בן יעקב
  4. ^ Pilgrimage in Palestine
  5. ^ Goldman, Shalom (1995). "The Women of the Joseph Story". The Wiles of Women, The Wiles of Men. New York: SUNY Press. p. 115. ISBN 0-7914-2683-1. 
  6. ^ Shuayb
  7. ^ Druze Revered Sites in Palestine: Jethro's Tomb
  8. ^ נחלת אשר
  9. ^ Otniel ben Knaz
  10. ^ Yeshiva.org.il - המשך ענין לבנון
  11. ^ מקומות קדושים | קברי צדיקים - הגליל העליון ואצבע הגליל - גבול לבנון - ברק בן אבינעם - SYT
  12. ^ שמשון הגיבור
  13. ^ אלקנה
  14. ^ מקומות קדושים | קברי צדיקים - ירושלים - צפון ירושלים - שמואל הנביא - SYT
  15. ^ Tomb of Avner ben Ner (Abner) in Hebron
  16. ^ Freedman, Warren. (1984) World Guide for the Jewish Traveler. NY: E.P. Dutton Inc
  17. ^ עידו הנביא
  18. ^ יהושפט
  19. ^ חולדה הנביאה
  20. ^ מקומות קדושים | קברי צדיקים - ירושלים - העיר העתיקה - מערת צדקיהו - SYT
  21. ^ Passover pilgrimage to Ezekiel's tomb in Iraq
  22. ^ http://www.johnberger.com/indexdead2.htm
  23. ^ הושע הנביא
  24. ^ מיכה הנביא
  25. ^ Renovation- Al Qush Synagogue and the Tomb of Nahum
  26. ^ חבקוק הנביא
  27. ^ Hukkok
  28. ^ آلبوم عکسهای تویسرکان
  29. ^ המשך ענין לבנון
  30. ^ חגי הנביא
  31. ^ Caiaphas’ Family Tomb Found, Chicago Tribune, August 14, 1992, http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1992-08-14/news/9203130273_1_caiaphas-ossuaries-burial-cave.
  32. ^ The Tomb of Caiaphas’ Unearthed?, The New York Times, August 16, 1992, Author Michael Specter http://www.nytimes.com/1992/08/16/weekinreview/august-9-15-the-tomb-of-caiaphas-unearthed.html.