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Who sold Abraham the sepulchre?

Genesis 23:16 - And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the audience of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant.
Acts 7:16 - And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the father of Sychem.

In Genesis it says that Abraham purchased a sepulhcre from the children of Heth, but in Acts it says that he purchased it from the sons of Emmor. Who sold Abraham the sepulchre?


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Scofield explains it this way- "Genesis 33:19; 50:13; Joshua 24:32; Acts 7:15,16. A discrepancy in these statements has been fancied. It disappears entirely before the natural supposition that in the interval of about eighty years between the purchase by Abraham of the family sepulchre Genesis 23:4-20 and Jacob's purchase Genesis 33:19, the descendants of Hamor (or "Emmor," Acts 7:15,16 had resumed possession of the field in which the burial cave was situated. Instead of asserting an ancient title by inheritance, Jacob repurchased the field. Heth was the common ancestor."
To answer your question Abraham purchased the field from Ephron.

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