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. 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 figure Place name and location Image Notes
Adam Judaism: Cave of the Patriarchs, Hebron, West Bank,

Christianity: Chapel of Adam, Church of the Holy Sepulchre,

Sunni Islam: Cave of the Patriarchs, Hebron, West Bank,

Shia Islam: Imam Ali Mosque, Najaf, Iraq

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Eve Judaism: Cave of the Patriarchs, Hebron, West Bank,

Islam: Tomb of Eve, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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Abel Nabi Habeel Mosque, Zabadani Valley, Syria NabiHabeel01.jpg
Seth In Judaism: Tiberias, Israel

In Islam: Al-Nabi Shayth, Lebanon

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Seth Prophet Shrine in Seth Prophet Town01.JPG
Noah There are several sites that are claimed to be the Tomb of Noah:


See also: Tomb of Noah

The grave monument of the prophet Noah.JPG Meshed ali usnavy (PD).jpg Tomb of prophet Noah.jpg Gora Nûh Cizîra Botan 2009 2.JPG

Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, Esau and Leah Cave of the Patriarchs, Hebron, West Bank Hebron001.JPG According 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]
Ishmael and Hagar Islam: Hajr Ismail, Mecca, Saudi Arabia[1] Last call for Hajis - Flickr - Al Jazeera English.jpg
Lot Islam: Bani Na'im, near Hebron, West Bank Lotstomb.png
Rachel Rachel's Tomb, outside Bethlehem, West Bank TOMB-GATE.JPG
Zilpah, Bilhah Jochebed, Zipporah, and Elisheva Tomb of the Matriarchs, Tiberias, Israel Matriarch graves 1.jpg
Reuben Nabi Rubin, Palmachim, Israel Reuben's tomb.jpg During the Ottoman period Arabs would gather each year at the Mamluk-era structure. Nowadays, infrequent Jewish visitors come to pray at the site.
Judah Yehud, Israel[2] The Tomb of Judah Jacob's Son ap 003.jpg
Simeon Kibbutz Eyal, Israel. Simeontomb.png
Asher and Naphtali Tel Kedesh near Malkia, Israel Ashertomb.png
Gad Nevei Ganda, in Rehovot, Israel, or Ain Al-Jadur, west of Salt, Jordan. No pictures of the tomb currently exist. It can be found at 32°01'58.5"N 35°43'52.9"E.
Dan Beit Shemesh, Israel[3] Dantomb.png
Qedarite Zanjan, Iran Gidar.jpg
Zebulun Tomb of Zebulun, Sidon, Lebanon Zebuluntomb.jpg 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]
Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh Judaism: Joseph's Tomb, Nablus (Shchem), West Bank;

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

Joseph's Tomb.jpg Some 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.

Benjamin Kfar Saba, Israel Benjamin's tomb.jpg Two 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]
Serah Pir-i Bakran, near Esfahan, Iran[5] Serahtomb.png
Moses Mount Nebo (Jordan) Dead Sea from Mt Nebo.jpg According to the Bible, the exact place of Moses' grave remains unknown, in order to impede idolatry.
Aaron Tomb of Aaron: Mount Hor mentioned in the Bible is identified by some as Mount Harun (Aaron's Mountain) near Petra, Jordan. Aaronhor.jpg

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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.
Eleazar Awarta, West Bank[6] Elazar-tomb1.jpg 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).[citation needed]
Ithamar Awarta, West Bank Ithamartomb.jpg Ibid.[citation needed]
Jethro Nabi Shu'ayb, Hittin Nebishoaib.jpg Each year on April 25, the Druze gather at the site to discuss community affairs.[7]
Aholiab Sujod, Southern Lebanon[8] Oholiabtomb.jpg

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

Biblical figure Place name and location Image Notes
Nun Timnath-heres, attributed to Kifl Hares, Salfit Governorate, West Bank Nun2.jpg
Joshua Timnath-heres, attributed to Kifl Hares, Salfit Governorate, West Bank Joshua's Tomb at Kifl Hares.jpg Thousands make the pilgrimage to his tomb on the annual commemoration of his death, 26th of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar.
Caleb Timnath-heres, attributed to Kifl Hares, Salfit Governorate, West Bank Caleb2.jpg
Othniel Ben Kenaz Hebron, West Bank[9] Othnieltomb.jpg
Shamgar Tebnine, Lebanon[10] View from the Toron castle, Lebanon.jpg Exact location unknown.
Deborah, Barak and Yael Tel Kaddesh, Israel[11] Barak devorah.jpg
Samson Beit Shemesh, Israel[12] Samsongrave.jpg
Elkanah Kedita, Upper Galilee, Israel[13] Elkanahtomb.jpg
Hannah and Samuel Tomb of Samuel, West Bank.[14] Other sources claim Samuel's tomb is located 30 km outside Saveh City, Iran. NebiSamuel2.jpg Both 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.
Eli Shiloh, Samaria Elitomb.jpg According to Jewish tradition the Yahrzeit of Eli the Cohen is on י' באייר — the tenth day of Iyar.
David David's Tomb, Mount Zion, Jerusalem King david tomb.jpg 1 Kings 2:10 says that King David was buried in his own city; the City of David is on the southeastern hill of Jerusalem, Mount Zion is its western hill. The "tomb" is a Crusader-era cenotaph (symbolical, empty sarcophagus). The building dates to the 2nd century CE the earliest, and the tradition of David being buried here was created by Byzantine Christians well over a millennium after his supposed death.[15]
Absalom Yad Avshalom, Mount of Olives, Jerusalem Tomb of Avshalom in the Kidron Valley;.jpg Archaeologists have dated the tomb to the first century CE. Its association with Absalom only dates from the 12th century.[16] Currently it is not considered by any religious group to be the tomb of Absalom, due to its age (1000 years too recent) and the Bible (2 Samuel 18:17, which says Absalom's body was covered over with stones in a pit in the forest of Ephraim).
Abner ben Ner Hebron, West Bank[17] Abner ben Ner.jpg Rabbi Moses Basola visited the tomb in 1522.[18] Sefer Yihus ha-Tzaddiqim (Book of Genealogy of the Righteous), a collection of travel writings first published in 1561, mentions the tomb.[19]
Isaiah Isaiah mausoleum, Esfahan, Iran[20] or Nahal Dishon, (Israel) Emamzadeh Esmaeil.jpg
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Hushai Yirka, Israel Hushaitomb.png
Iddo Golan Heights,[21] Baruchbentomb.jpg
Jehoshaphat Mount of Olives, Jerusalem [22] Jehoshaphatgrave.jpg
Elisha Elisha's Tomb. Disputed between: near Mt. Carmel, West Bank or Kfar Yassif near Acre, Israel Elishatomb.jpg
Huldah Mount of Olives, Jerusalem Huldahtomb.png
Zedekiah Cave of Zedekiah, Old City of Jerusalem [23] Zedekiah's Cave in summer 2011 (2).JPG
Ezekiel Ezekiel's Tomb, Al Kifl, Iraq Ezekial's-Tomb-at-Kifel.jpg Up till the mid-20th century, up to 5,000 Jews used to come to the tomb during Passover.[24] Muslims believe this tomb to be that of an unspecified personality named Dhul-Kifl. (For an image of the tomb, see:[25]) This site was protected under the control of Saddam Hussein.
Baruch ben Neriah Al Kifl, Iraq Kifl Harith 2.jpg His tomb is located about 1-mile (1.6 km) away from Ezekiel's Tomb. Exact location unknown.
Hosea Ancient Jewish cemetery of Safed, Israel[26] Hosea's tomb.jpg
Amittai Beit Ummar, near Hebron, West Bank Amittaitomb.jpg 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.
Jonah Judaism: Mashhad, Israel.

Islam: Halhul, near Beit Ummar, Hebron.

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Micah Kabul, Israel[27] Profet Micah Tomb in Kabul Israel 1.jpg
Nahum Al Qush, south of Dahuk, Iraq. There are however two other sites mentioned in historical accounts: Elkesi, near Ramah in the Galilee and Elcesei in the West Bank[28] ProphetNahum.JPG
Habakkuk Some locate it at Huqoq, others at Kadarim, Israel.[29][30] Others at Toyserkan, Iran.[31] CHUKUK01.JPG
Prophet Habakkuk Tomb ap 001.jpg
Habakuk mausoleum Tuyserkan Iran.jpg
Zephaniah En-Nabi Safi, Southern Lebanon[32] Mazraat el Chouf.jpg Exact location unknown.
Haggai, Malachi, and Zechariah Tomb of the Prophets, Mount of Olives, Jerusalem [33] Tomb-of-the-prophets.jpg

Figures mentioned in the Ketuvim (Writings)[edit]

Biblical figure Place name and location Image Notes
Job In Druzism: Chouf District, Lebanon (pictured). Yaqut al-Hamawi recorded that it was located in Al-Shaykh Saad, while another tradition locates it at Salalah, Oman Lebanon the rest 115.jpg
Jesse and Ruth Hebron, West Bank The tomb of Jesse and Ruth (7705253158).jpg
Mordecai and Esther Tomb of Esther and Mordechai, Hamedan, Iran Tomb of Ester and Mordechai interior.jpg Persian Jews still make annual pilgrimage in honor of the Purim festival.
Daniel Tomb of Daniel, Susa, Iran (pictured). There are however six other traditional sites including Kirkuk in Iraq and Samarkand in Uzbekistan Daniel Barry Kent.JPG At the site in Kirkuk, the locals claim that Hananiah, Mishael, and Azaria are buried alongside Daniel.
Ezra Ezra's Tomb, Al-'Uzayr, near Basra, Iraq Tomb of Ezra.jpg Preserved 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.
Lamech Islam: Tomb of Lamech, Mihtarlam, Afghanistan Lemechshrine.png
Zechariah ben Jehoiada Tomb of Zechariah, Mount of Olives, Jerusalem Zetomb.JPG

Figures mentioned in the New Testament[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Corbin, Henry (2009). "The configuration of the Temple of the Ka´bah.". Temple and Contemplation. London: Roudledge. p. 227. ISBN 978-0-710-30129-1. This is the hijr of Ishmael, or the house of Ishmael (Bayt Ismail), where he buried his mother Hagar and where he himself is buried. 
  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. ^ http://archive.is/uYRyV אלעזר בן אהרן הכהן
  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. ^ Jerome Murphy-O'Connor (2008). The Holy Land: An Oxford Archaeological Guide from Earliest Times to 1700. Oxford Archaeological Guides. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 116–117. ISBN 978-0-19-923666-4. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  16. ^ Jerome Murphy-O'Connor (2008). The Holy Land: An Oxford Archaeological Guide from Earliest Times to 1700. Oxford Archaeological Guides. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 133. ISBN 978-0-19-923666-4. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  17. ^ Tomb of Avner ben Ner (Abner) in Hebron
  18. ^ Avraham, David (1999-12-31). In Zion and Jerusalem: The Itinerary of Rabbi Moses Basola 1512-1523. Jerusalem: C G Gundation. ISBN 9789652229267. 
  19. ^ "URI (ORI) BEN SIMEON - JewishEncyclopedia.com". www.jewishencyclopedia.com. Retrieved 2016-01-04. 
  20. ^ Freedman, Warren. (1984) World Guide for the Jewish Traveler. NY: E.P. Dutton Inc
  21. ^ עידו הנביא
  22. ^ יהושפט
  23. ^ מקומות קדושים | קברי צדיקים - ירושלים - העיר העתיקה - מערת צדקיהו - SYT
  24. ^ Passover pilgrimage to Ezekiel's tomb in Iraq
  25. ^ http://www.johnberger.com/indexdead2.htm
  26. ^ הושע הנביא
  27. ^ מיכה הנביא
  28. ^ Renovation- Al Qush Synagogue and the Tomb of Nahum.
  29. ^ חבקוק הנביא
  30. ^ Hukkok
  31. ^ آلبوم عکسهای تویسرکان
  32. ^ המשך ענין לבנון
  33. ^ חגי הנביא
  34. ^ Caiaphas’ Family Tomb Found, Chicago Tribune, August 14, 1992, http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1992-08-14/news/9203130273_1_caiaphas-ossuaries-burial-cave.
  35. ^ 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.