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The Oak On The Plain Of Moreh

Upon his arrival from his birthplace in southern Iraq to what would become the land of Israel (see also Who Was The First Jew?), Abraham first built an altar to The Lord near Shechem, on the plain of Moreh. The original Hebrew word is variously translated as "plain," as in the King James Version, or "oak," as in the Revised Standard Version i.e.

"And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh." (Genesis 12:6 KJV)

"Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh" (Genesis 12:6 RSV)

Which translation is correct? The original Hebrew word actually means oak, so the RSV is literally correct, but Moreh is on a plain, so the King James is also true - even though the King James translators apparently took it upon themselves to correctly describe the geography of a place while ignoring what was actually written in the Scriptures about a landmark (see also The Zion Of The Lord to understand the original meaning of Zion) on that plain, an oak (for other examples of how and why translators sometimes differ, see It Is Written, But Is It Really?).

"Unto thy seed will I give this land"

Abraham was born in Ur Of The Chaldees. His journey to a new land began when The Lord appeared to him with the command "Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee." It was a key event of Bible History.

Abraham

"Now The Lord [see YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD] had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed."

"So Abram departed, as The Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. And Abram took Sarai his wife [see Princess], and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into The Land Of Canaan they 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. And The Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto The Lord, who appeared unto him."

"And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto The Lord, and called upon the name of The Lord." (Genesis 12:1-8 KJV)

Fact Finder: What was Abraham's religious background?
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