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Ephron the Hittite
by Wayne Blank
"Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the audience of the children of Heth"
After Sarah died, Abraham bargained with Ephron the Hittite for the property that became one of the most famous Bible Places in the Middle East:
"And Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth. And he communed with them, saying, If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight; hear me, and entreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar, That he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he hath, which is in the end of his field; for as much money as it is worth he shall give it me for a possession of a buryingplace amongst you."
In later years, Abraham himself died and was buried in the cave that he purchased from Ephron.
"And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years. Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people. And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre; The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth: there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife" (Genesis 25:7-10 KJV)
Abraham's son Isaac was later buried in the same cave, and when Isaac's son Jacob, who God renamed Israel, knew that his own death was coming, he instructed his sons that he too was to be buried there along with his wife Leah (Jacob's other wife, Rachel, who was Leah's sister, is buried at Bethlehem).
"And he charged them, and said unto them, I am to be gathered unto my people: bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite, In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a buryingplace. There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah." (Genesis 49:29-31 KJV)
So when the time came, Jacob's sons took their father back from Egypt and buried him in the family burial cave that Abraham had purchased from Ephron the Hittite (Jacob's sons, with the exception of Joseph, whose bones were taken out of Egypt by Moses at the time of the Exodus centuries later, were themselves likely buried in Egypt - see Where Are The Israelite Patriarchs Buried?)
"And his sons did unto him according as he commanded them: For his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Abraham bought with the field for a possession of a buryingplace of Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre" (Genesis 50:12-13 KJV)