National Geographic : 1917 Feb
Photograph by American Colony, Jerusalem A TANNERY IN THE CITY OF IIEBRON, NEAR JERUSALEM, OCCUPIED BY TIE BRITISH FORCES FROM EGYPT Hebron claims to be the oldest city in the world. The Book of Numbers declares that it was built seven years before Zoan, and Zoan was Tanis, the chief town of the Egyptian delta in the second millennium before Christ. According to the Bible, Hebron's ancient name was Kirjath Arba. The Book of Joshua says that its inhabitants were a race of giants. Hebron is noted for its tanneries engaged in making skins for carrying water.