Genesis 35:21

And Israel journeyed, and spread his tent beyond the tower of Edar.

And Israel journeyed,.... Having stayed near Bethlehem, as it is said, about two months {h}; this is the first time Jacob is by Moses called Israel, after this name, was given him; the reason of which the Jews say is, because he bore the death of Rachel with so much patience:

and spread his tent beyond the tower of Eder; which was a place of pasturage, and fit for his flocks, see Micah 4:8; it was about a mile from Bethlehem to the south {i}, and is supposed to be the place where the shepherds were watching their flocks, when the angel reported to them the birth of Christ, Luke 2:8; pretty remarkable are the words added here in the Targum of Jonathan,

"the place from whence the King Messiah will be revealed in the end of days.''

{h} Shalshalet Hakabala, fol. 5. 2.
{i} Bunting's Travels, p. 76.