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  1. The plain or plains (or, as it should rather be rendered, the oak or oaks) of Moreh. The oak of Moreh was the first recorded halting-place of Abram after his entrance into the land of Canaan. (Genesis 12:6) It was at the "place of Shechem," ch. (Genesis 12:6) close to the mountains of Ebal and Gerizim. (11:30)
  2. The hill of Moreh, at the foot of which the Midianites and Amalekites were encamped before Gideon's attack upon them. (Judges 7:1) It lay in the valley of Jezreel, rather on the north side of the valley, and north also of the eminence on which Gideon's little band of heroes was clustered. These conditions are most accurately fulfilled if we assume Jebel ed-Duhy , the "Little Hermon" of the modern travellers, 1815 feet above the Mediterranean, to be Moreh, the Ain-Jalood to be the spring of Harod, and Gideon's position to have been on the northeast slope of Jebel Fukua (Mount Gilboa), between the village of Nuris and the last-mentioned spring.
Easton's Bible Dictionary
An archer, teacher; fruitful.

(1.) A Canaanite probably who inhabited the district south of Shechem, between Mounts Ebal and Gerizim, and gave his name to the "plain" there (Genesis 12:6). Here at this "plain," or rather (R.V.) "oak," of Moreh, Abraham built his first altar in the land of Palestine; and here the Lord appeared unto him. He afterwards left this plain and moved southward, and pitched his tent between Bethel on the west and Hai on the east (Genesis 12:7, 8).

Moreh, the Hill of

Probably identical with "little Hermon," the modern Jebel ed-Duhy, or perhaps one of the lower spurs of this mountain. It is a gray ridge parallel to Gilboa on the north; and between the two lay the battle-field, the plain of Jezreel (q.v.), where Gideon overthrew the Midianites (Judges 7:1-12).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

mo'-re (gibh`ath ha-moreh, "hill of the teacher"; Codex Vaticanus Gabaathamora; Codex Alexandrinus, tou bomou tou Abor): The Hebrew moreh is derived from the verb yarah, "to teach," "to direct," and indicates one who directs, or gives oracular answers. We might therefore read "hill of the teacher," the height being associated with such a person who had his seat here. The hill is named only in describing the position of the Midianites before Gideon's attack (Judges 7:1). If the identification of the Well of Harod with `Ain Jalud is correct, Gideon must have occupied the slopes to the East of Jezreel. The Midianite camp was in the valley of Jezreel (Judges 6:33). The Hebrew text in Judges 7:1, which has probably suffered some corruption, seems to mean that the Midianites lay North of the position held by Gideon, their lines running from the hill of Moreh in the plain. The hill can hardly have been other than Jebel ed-Duchy, often called Little Hermon, which rises boldly from the northern edge of the vale of Jezreel, with Shunem (Solam) lying at its western foot. Moore ("Judges," ICC, 200) would lay the scene in the neighborhood of Shechem, but there is no good reason to doubt the accuracy of the tradition which places it at the eastern end of the plain of Esdraelon.

W. Ewing


('elon moreh, "terebinth of the teacher"; ten drun ten hupselen; 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 ('elone moreh, "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 moreh. 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.


W. Ewing

Strong's Hebrew
4176. Moreh -- a place near Shechem, also a hill of unc. location
Moreh or Moreh. 4175b, 4176. Moreh or Moreh. 4177 . a place near Shechem,
also a hill of unc. location. Transliteration: Moreh ...
/hebrew/4176.htm - 6k

4175b. moreh -- a teacher
... 4175a, 4175b. moreh. 4176 . a teacher. Transliteration: moreh Short Definition:
Teacher. ... 4175a, 4175b. moreh. 4176 . Strong's Numbers.
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4175a. moreh -- (early) rain
... 4175, 4175a. moreh. 4175b . (early) rain. Transliteration: moreh Short Definition:
rain. ... 4175, 4175a. moreh. 4175b . Strong's Numbers.
/hebrew/4175a.htm - 5k


An Example of Faith
... came. And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the
plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land. ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture k/an example of faith.htm

With the Rev. William Burns
... at that time those of our town whose hearts were deceived by Satan, not knowing
the Son of David, went so far as to dare to 'raca' and 'moreh' and injure your ...
// retrospect/chapter xi with the rev.htm

The Flight into Egypt and St. John the Baptist in the Desert
... 10. THE GROVE OF MOREH. ABRAHAM'S TEREBINTH TREE. ... It was Abraham's terebinth tree,
near the grove of Moreh, not far from Shechem, Thanath, Shiloh, and Aruma. ...
/.../emmerich/the life of the blessed virgin mary/xvi the flight into egypt.htm

Scenes in the Lives of the Patriarchs.
... Soon as they reached Palestine, Abram consecrated its very soil by erecting a family
altar, first in the plain of Moreh, and again on the summits that catch ...
/.../headley/half hours in bible lands volume 2/scenes in the lives of.htm

The National Oath at Shechem
... as a stranger in the land, and had received the first divine pledge, 'unto thy seed
will I give this land,' and had piled beneath the oak of Moreh his first ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture f/the national oath at shechem.htm

'Fit, Though Few'
... with him, rose up early, and pitched beside the well of Harod: so that the host
of the Midianites were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture f/fit though few.htm

The Man of Faith
... GENESIS THE MAN OF FAITH. 'And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem,
unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land. ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture k/the man of faith.htm

The Story of the Tower of Babel
... for the land of Canaan. Abraham passed through the land to a place called
Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. There Jehovah appeared to ...
// childrens bible/the story of the tower.htm

Abram and the Life of Faith
... and pilgrim. He first planted himself in its heart by Sichem, but outside
the city, under the terebinth tree of Moreh. The reason ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture k/abram and the life of.htm

Chapter xii
... 6, 7, And Abram passed through the land as far as the place Shechem to the terebinth
of Moreh, and the Canaanites were in the land at that time. ...
// of genesis volume 1/chapter xii.htm

Moreh (3 Occurrences)
... between Mounts Ebal and Gerizim, and gave his name to the "plain" there (Genesis
12:6). Here at this "plain," or rather (RV) "oak," of Moreh, Abraham built his ...
/m/moreh.htm - 11k

Gibeath-moreh (1 Occurrence)
Gibeath-moreh. Gibeathite, Gibeath-moreh. Gibeath-shaul .
Multi-Version Concordance Gibeath-moreh (1 Occurrence). Judges ...
/g/gibeath-moreh.htm - 6k

Oak (22 Occurrences)
... (5.) `Allah, Joshua 24:26. The place here referred to is called Allon-moreh
("the oak of Moreh, " as in RV) in Genesis 12:6 and 35:4. ...
/o/oak.htm - 33k

Shechem (61 Occurrences)
... Genesis 28:18; 31:44-48; Exodus 24:4; Joshua 4:3, 8, 9), possibly the old "oak of
Moreh," as a silent witness of the transaction to all coming time. ...
/s/shechem.htm - 38k

Nain (1 Occurrence)
... It is identified with the village called Nein, standing on the north-western slope
of Jebel ed-Duhy (=the "hill Moreh" = "Little hermon"), about 4 miles from ...
/n/nain.htm - 8k

Gibeath (2 Occurrences)
... which lay the Midianites (Judges 7:1, English Versions of the Bible "the hill of
Moreh"; the Hebrew is literally, "hill of the teacher"). ... See MOREH. ...
/g/gibeath.htm - 10k

Rain (118 Occurrences)
... (1.) Yoreh (Hosea 6:3), or moreh (Joel 2:23), denoting the former or the early
rain. (2.) Melqosh, the "latter rain" (Proverbs 16:15). ...
/r/rain.htm - 43k

... We have a similar phrase similarly misunderstood by our translators in Genesis
12:6 where the "oak of Moreh" should be "the oak" (or "terebinth?") "of the ...
/a/augur's.htm - 8k

Gerizim (4 Occurrences)
... 3. Samaritan Traditions: Abraham came through the pass and camped near Gerizim at
the oak of Moreh (Genesis 12:6). According to Samaritan tradition it was on ...
/g/gerizim.htm - 14k

Gilgal (39 Occurrences)
... Ebal and Gerizim the Israelites moved forward to Gilgal, and there made a permanent
camp (Joshua 9:6; 10:6). It was "beside the oaks of Moreh," near which ...
/g/gilgal.htm - 27k

Bible Concordance
Moreh (3 Occurrences)

Genesis 12:6 Abram passed through the land to the place of Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. The Canaanite was then in the land.

Deuteronomy 11:30 Aren't they beyond the Jordan, behind the way of the going down of the sun, in the land of the Canaanites who dwell in the Arabah, over against Gilgal, beside the oaks of Moreh?

Judges 7:1 Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people who were with him, rose up early, and encamped beside the spring of Harod: and the camp of Midian was on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley.



Moreh: A Hill on the Plain of Jezreel where the Midianites Encamped

Moreh: A Plain Near Shechem and Gilgal

Related Terms

Gibeath-moreh (1 Occurrence)

Oak (22 Occurrences)

Shechem (61 Occurrences)

Nain (1 Occurrence)

Gibeath (2 Occurrences)

Rain (118 Occurrences)


Gerizim (4 Occurrences)

Gilgal (39 Occurrences)

Harod (3 Occurrences)

Canaanite (74 Occurrences)

Mount (311 Occurrences)

Gideon (45 Occurrences)

Vicinity (18 Occurrences)

Oaks (14 Occurrences)

Jezreel (37 Occurrences)

Jerub-baal (8 Occurrences)

Jerubbaal (15 Occurrences)

Jerubba'al (11 Occurrences)

Gibeath-shaul (3 Occurrences)

Gibeathite (1 Occurrence)

Water-spring (16 Occurrences)

Issachar (40 Occurrences)

Terebinth (15 Occurrences)

Traveled (104 Occurrences)

Terebinths (12 Occurrences)

En-harod (1 Occurrence)

More (6686 Occurrences)

Plains (31 Occurrences)

Passeth (100 Occurrences)

Champaign (1 Occurrence)

Abram (48 Occurrences)

Abraham (2539 Occurrences)

Shunem (3 Occurrences)

Sunset (18 Occurrences)

Site (19 Occurrences)

Sichem (1 Occurrence)

Hermon (16 Occurrences)

Mid'ian (47 Occurrences)

Plain (113 Occurrences)

Palestine (1 Occurrence)

Amorites (82 Occurrences)

Aren't (102 Occurrences)

Mountain (298 Occurrences)

Folly (68 Occurrences)

Fool (95 Occurrences)

Midianites (30 Occurrences)

Over-against (156 Occurrences)

Riseth (165 Occurrences)

Food (2953 Occurrences)

West (110 Occurrences)

Setting (82 Occurrences)

Moreover (356 Occurrences)

Canaanites (63 Occurrences)

Pitched (101 Occurrences)

Hill (217 Occurrences)

Trees (179 Occurrences)

Encamped (115 Occurrences)

Camped (100 Occurrences)

Opposite (137 Occurrences)

Midian (60 Occurrences)

Spring (122 Occurrences)

Early (157 Occurrences)

Road (155 Occurrences)

Tabernacle (333 Occurrences)

Height (109 Occurrences)

North (164 Occurrences)

Across (172 Occurrences)

Arabah (32 Occurrences)

Behind (188 Occurrences)

Encamp (108 Occurrences)

Well (2882 Occurrences)

Passed (329 Occurrences)

Jordan (188 Occurrences)

Beyond (209 Occurrences)

Tree (245 Occurrences)

South (170 Occurrences)

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