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 (Ge 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 (Ge 12:7-8).
1. "The plains," rather "the oaks" or "terebinths" of Moreh. Abram's first halting place in Canaan, near Shechem and Ebal and Gerizim mountains (Ge 12:6); here he erected his first altar. "Morthia," on ancient coins, a title of Shechem, preserves the name Moreh. Under the same "oak" Jacob hid his household's idols (Ge 35:4). Here Joshua set up a great stone by the sanctuary of Jehovah (Jos 24:26, compare De 11:30).
2. THE HILL OF MOREH. At its foot Midian and Amalek encamped before Gideon's attack (Jg 6:33; 7:1). On the northern side of the valley of Jezreel, and of the height where Gideon's 300 were; jebel ed Duhy, "little Hermon," answers to Moreh. Two or three miles intervene (enough for Midian's and Amalek's hosts) between Moreh and ain Jalood, the spring of "Harod" at the foot of Gideon's hill, jebel Fukua (Gilboa).
Moreh, Mo'reh Hill of.
Place where the Midianites encamped before they were attacked by Gideon. Jg 7:1. It is supposed to have been what is now called Neby Duhy, or 'Little Hermon,' 32 37' N, 35 20' E. It is 1,690 feet high.
Moreh, Mo'reh Plain of.
The Hebrew signifies the 'oak, or oaks, of Moreh.' It was near Shechem, where Abram first pitched his tent on entering Canaan, and where the Lord appeared to him. Ge 12:6; De 11:30.
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.
It was at the "place of Shechem," ch.
close to the mountains of Ebal and Gerizim.
2. The hill of Moreh, at the foot of which the Midianites and Amalekites were encamped before Gideon's attack upon them.
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.