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Rachel's Tomb in Arabic Qubbat Rakhil, translation Dome of Rachel, is the traditional gravesite of the Biblical Matriarch Rachel and is widely considered the third holiest site in Judaism. It is located in Northern Judea on the outskirts of Bethlehem.
Bethlehem,was originally called Ephrath (Gen. 35:16, 19; 48:7; Ruth 4:11), which means "fertile." It was also known as Beth-Lehem Ephratah (Micah 5:2), Beth-Lehem Judah (1 Sam. 17:12), and "the city of David" (Luke 2:4). It is first mentioned in the Tanakh and the Bible as the place where the Abrahamic matriarch Rachel died and was buried "by the wayside" (Gen. 48:7). Rachel's Tomb, the traditional gravesite, stands at the entrance to Bethlehem. Bethlehem is the traditional birthplace of David, the second king of Israel, and the place where he was anointed king by Samuel (1 Sam. 16:4-13). It was from the well of Bethlehem that three of his warriors brought him water when he was hiding in the cave of Adullam (2 Sam. 23:13-17).

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