A Biblical town in the tribal area of Judah. In Hebrew the name means "house of bread". Today it is a Palestinian city, 7 km. south of Jerusalem. This is where the story of Ruth took place and where King David, her great-grandson, was born. Here is located one of the most important Christian sites, the Church of the Nativity, believed to be built over the cave in which Jesus was born. At the northern edge of town is Rachel's Tomb, an important Jewish site.