Jeffrey R. Chadwick

The ruins of a monastery from the Byzantine and Crusader periods sit atop the summit of Tell Rumeide, the site of ancient Hebron. The monastery, known in Arabic as Deir Arbain, probably stands on the location of the residences of rulers of the ancient city. Locals, however, refer to it as the tomb of Ruth and Jesse, the grandmother and father of King David, who ruled from Hebron for seven and a half years before he captured Jerusalem and moved his capital there.