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Moreh, Oak of

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( מורה אלון , 'ēlōn mōreh , "terebinth of the teacher"; τὴν δρῦν τὴν ὑψηλήν , tḗn drún tḗn hupsēlḗn ; the King James Version Plain of Moreh): It seems probable that the place here intended may be the same as that mentioned in Deuteronomy 11:30 ( 'ēlōnē mōreh , "terebinths of Moreh," the King James Version "plains," the Revised Version (British and American) "oaks," the Revised Version margin "terebinths"). Both are defined as near to Shechem. The position cannot be identified today. The tree or trees were evidently a place of resort for those who wished to consult a mōreh . See MOREH , HILL OF . To this day in Palestine trees are often regarded with a certain religious awe as the habitation of spirits. Isolated terebinths receive much veneration. The present writer has often seen such trees with multitudinous rags of all colors attached to them by the peasantry as evidence of their homage. See MEONENIM .

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Moreh, Oak of'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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