List of burial places of Abrahamic figures

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The following is a list of burial places attributed to Abrahamic figures 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. Many sites have been transmitted from generation to generation and there are historical accounts from travelers 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

Shia Islam: Imam Ali Mosque, Najaf, Iraq

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

Islam: Tomb of Eve, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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

In Islam: Bashshit, Palestine (top),
Al-Nabi Shayth, Lebanon, (bottom)

Lamech Islam: Tomb of Lamech, Mihtarlam, Afghanistan Seen here
Noah There are several Islamic sites that are claimed to be the Tomb of Noah:

Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, Esau, and Leah Cave of the Patriarchs, Hebron, West Bank 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[2]
Lot Islam: Bani Na'im, near Hebron, West Bank
Rachel Rachel's Tomb, outside Bethlehem, West Bank
Zilpah, Bilhah Jochebed, Zipporah, and Elisheva Tomb of the Matriarchs, Tiberias, Israel
Reuben Nabi Rubin, Palmachim, Israel 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[3]
Simeon Kibbutz Eyal, Israel.
Asher and Naphtali Tel Kedesh near Malkia, Israel Seen here.
Gad Prophet Jadur Shrine, Ain Al-Jadur, west of Salt, Jordan The current mosque, built around the tomb, is a modern structure, which dates back to the year 1958. The site has fallen into disrepair and had even been looted as well.
Dan Beit Shemesh, Israel[4]
Qedar Mausoleum of Prophet Qeydar, Zanjan, Iran A religious site venerated by Shi'ites, the mausoleum was first constructed in 1316 during the Ilkhanate period.
Zebulun Tomb of Zebulun, Sidon, Lebanon Seen here. Currently a Shi'ite shrine which is still locked to the public. 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.[5]
Joseph, Ephraim, and Manasseh Judaism: Joseph's Tomb, Nablus (Shechem), West Bank;

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

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 only the tomb of a Sufi Muslim Shaykh named Yusuf, and not Joseph himself.

Benjamin Kfar Saba, Israel
Two structures 30 m away from each other (both pictured) 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[6]
Moses Mount Nebo (Jordan)

Islam: Nabi Musa, West Bank,

According to the Bible, the exact place of Moses' grave remains unknown, in order to impede idolatry.
Aaron Tomb of Aaron: Mount Harun near Petra, Jordan. 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 and Ithamar Awarta, West Bank[7] 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]
Jethro Nabi Shu'ayb, Hittin Each year on April 25, the Druze gather at the site to discuss community affairs.[8]
Aholiab Sujod, Southern Lebanon[9] Located at 33.4428°N 35.5381°E. Destroyed after the Israeli occupation of Southern Lebanon.

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
Joshua Timnath-heres, attributed to Kifl Hares, Salfit Governorate, West Bank (pictured)
Islam: An-Nabi Yusha’ bin Noon aka Prophet Joshua's Shrine, near As-Salt, Jordan.[10]
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
Othniel Ben Kenaz Hebron, West Bank[11] Seen here
Shamgar Tebnine, Lebanon[12] Seen here The tomb is also known by Shia Muslims as the tomb of Prophet Siddiq.[13]
Deborah, Barak and Yael Tel Kaddesh, Israel[14]
Samson Beit Shemesh, Israel[15]
Elkanah Kedita, Upper Galilee, Israel[16] See here
Hannah and Samuel Tomb of Samuel, West Bank.[17] 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 According to Jewish tradition the Yahrzeit of Eli the Cohen is on י' באייר — the tenth day of Iyar.
Nathan and Gad Halhul, Hebron Governorate, West Bank The graves of Nathan and Gad are entombed in a mosque that Muslims believe houses the grave of Jonah.
David David's Tomb, Mount Zion, Jerusalem 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.[18] The authentic tomb of David is probably a cave noted as 'T1' in a former Roman-era quarry outside of the modern city walls.[19][20]
Absalom Yad Avshalom, Mount of Olives, Jerusalem Archaeologists have dated the tomb to the first century CE. Its association with Absalom only dates from the 12th century.[21] 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[22] Rabbi Moses Basola visited the tomb in 1522.[23] Sefer Yihus ha-Tzaddiqim (Book of Genealogy of the Righteous), a collection of travel writings first published in 1561, mentions the tomb.[24]
Isaiah Isaiah mausoleum, Esfahan, Iran (top)[25] or Nahal Dishon, Israel (bottom)
Hushai Yirka, Israel
Elisha Elisha's Tomb. Disputed between: near Mt. Carmel, West Bank or Kfar Yassif near Acre, Israel and Eğil, Turkey.[26] Seen here
Huldah Mount of Olives, Jerusalem Seen here
Zedekiah Cave of Zedekiah, Old City of Jerusalem[27]
Ezekiel Ezekiel's Tomb, Al Kifl, Iraq Up till the mid-20th century, up to 5,000 Jews used to come to the tomb during Passover.[28] Many Muslims believe this tomb to be that of an unspecified personality named Dhul-Kifl. This site was protected under the control of Saddam Hussein, and renovated extensively in 2014.
Baruch ben Neriah Reportedly in the Al-Nukhailah Mosque, Al-Kifl, Iraq Exact location unknown. According to Jewish tradition, Baruch's tomb is located about 1-mile (1.6 km) away from Ezekiel's Tomb near a town called "Mashhad Ali" which there is no record of ever existing.

However, there is a tomb within the Al-Nukhailah Mosque in Al-Kifl dedicated to Baruch. Corresponding with the earlier legend, it is located near to the Tomb of Ezekiel, which is also in the same building.

Hosea Ancient Jewish cemetery of Safed, Israel[29]
Amittai Beit Ummar, near Hebron, West Bank 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. Also seen here.
Jonah Judaism: Mashhad, Israel. (top)

Islam: Halhul, near Beit Ummar, Hebron. (bottom)

Masshad tomb can also be seen here.
Micah Kabul, Israel[30] or also at Jezzine, Lebanon The shrine in Jezzine is also known as the tomb of a Prophet Misha.
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[31]
Habakkuk Some locate it at Huqoq, others at Kadarim, Israel.[32][33] Others at Toyserkan, Iran.[34]

Zephaniah En-Nabi Safi, Southern Lebanon[35] Seen here The tomb is located inside a Muslim shrine, known by locals as the shrine of a Prophet Safi.
Haggai, Malachi, and Zechariah Tomb of the Prophets, Mount of Olives, Jerusalem[36]

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
Jesse and Ruth Tomb of Jesse and Ruth, Hebron, West Bank
Mordecai and Esther Tomb of Esther and Mordechai, Hamedan, Iran 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 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 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.
Zechariah ben Jehoiada Tomb of Zechariah, Mount of Olives, Jerusalem

Figures mentioned in the New Testament[edit]

Figures mentioned exclusively in the Quran[edit]

Quranic figure Place name and location Image Notes
Muhammad Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, Medina, Saudi Arabia under Green Dome
Hud Jordan, or Qabr Nabi Hud, Hadhramaut, Yemen Burial sites near the Zamzam Well or in the Umayyad Mosque are also claimed

See also[edit]


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