National Geographic : 1919 Jul
Photograph by American Colony, Jerusalem HEBRON, A GEOGRAPHICAL HOLY OF HOLIES OF THE JEWISH RACE: PALESTINE The Arabic name for this city of 22,000 inhabitants is El-Khalil, referring to the fact that it is "the city ofAbraham, the- friend ofGod." An early tradition gives this as the birthplace of Adam. Abraham is supposed to have pitched his tentshere. Itwas David's capital for more than seven years, and it was the headquarters of the rebellious Absalom.