Hill of Moreh in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
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 (Jdg 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
(Jdg 6:33). The Hebrew text in Jdg 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.
Moreh in 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 (Gen.
Here at this "plain," or rather (R.V.) "oak," of
built his first altar in the land of Israel; and here
Lord appeared unto him. He afterwards left this plain
southward, and pitched his tent between Bethel on the
Hai on the east (Gen. 12:7, 8).
Moreh in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
1. "The plains," rather "the oaks" or "terebinths" of Moreh.
Abram's first halting place in Canaan, near Shechem and Ebal
and Gerizim mountains (Genesis 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 (Genesis 35:4). Here Joshua set up a great
stone by the sanctuary of Jehovah (Joshua 24:26, compare
2. THE HILL OF MOREH. At its foot Midian and Amalek
encamped before Gideon's attack (Judges 6:33; Judges 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
Moreh in Hitchcock's Bible Names
Moreh in Naves Topical Bible
-1. A plain near Shechem and Gilgal
Ge 12:6; De 11:30
-2. A hill on the plain of Jezreel where the Midianites
Moreh in Smiths Bible Dictionary
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. Ge 12:6 It was at the "place of Shechem,"
ch. Ge 12:6 close to the mountains of Ebal and Gerizim. De
2. The hill of Moreh, at the foot of which the
Midianites and Amalekites were encamped before Gideon's attack
upon them. Jud 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.
Moreh in Wikipedia
Moreh is a name of a location, commonly used in the Genesis.
Translators who consider the obscure elon moreh of Genesis
12:6 to be the name of a locality, render it as "the plains
of Moreh". Translators who consider the term to be a sacred
tree or grove, often render it "terebinth," a tree notable
for its size and age in dry landscapes of the region. The
noble terebinth is a member of the pistachio and sumac
family. Thus for them, at Shechem, grew the terebinths,
elone moreh: "Abraham passed through the land as far as the
site of Shechem, at the Terebinths of Moreh. The Caananites
were then in the land" (Genesis 12:6). This tree or grove,
with a name that must mean "teacher," "oracle" was a
landmark in the area called the "plains of Moreh"
(Deuteronomy 11:30) or the "hill of Moreh" (Judges 7:1).
Genesis 35:4: And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods
which [were] in their hand, and [all their] earrings which
[were] in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which
[was] by Shechem. A neutral reading discovers that the tree,
oak or not, grew above buried idols and dedicated treasure,
the Hebrews remembered, and they associated the burial of
these things with the patriarchal age.
The site of Moreh, a hill by which Gideon camped before he
attacked the Midianites, is sometimes identified with modern
Nebi Dahi, Israel, south of Mount Tabor but this has not
been confirmed on the ground.
Moreh Scripture - Deuteronomy 11:30
[Are] they not on the other side Jordan, by the way where the
sun goeth down, in the land of the Canaanites, which dwell in
the champaign over against Gilgal, beside the plains of Moreh?
Moreh Scripture - Genesis 12:6
And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem,
unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite [was] then in the
Moreh Scripture - Judges 7:1
Then Jerubbaal, who [is] Gideon, and all the people that
[were] 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 valley.