To the great tree of Moreh at Shechem


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Quercus calliprinos tree,( terebinth or Oak) Mount Carmel, Israel, September 7, 2008. Allon or divine tree or sacred tree

[Genesis 12:6 [And Abram passed through the land, until the place of Shechem, until the plain of Moreh, and the Canaanites were then in the land.(The- Jewish Bible with Rashi. )See comment under Genesis link]

Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land (NIV)

Gentiles and Jews disagree over many things and everything Religious and of Scripture, here we cannot get the sense of whether the Tanach omits the tree because nothing else remained of the tree but its site. You would think that such things were unimportant except for yours truly here spending about an hour searching for terebinth trees ergo the pickie above.

It appears that ancient Canaanites and the Abrahamatic clan to follow, were tree huggers, Worshipers, and that the Great tree of Moreh was but one of such sacred Trees. What! You say, Druids in Canaan? We’ll never know though perhaps gossip travelled faster than we think in the ancient world of myths and legends.

The worship of this tree is connected with the earliest of traditions. There at  Shechem, Yhwh is said to have appeared to Abram at the terebinth (R. V. margin) of Moreh, when he first entered the land (Gen. 12:7).

The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspringc]”>[c] I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him. (NIV)

All about Abraham’s Oak

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Abraham’s Oak in 1847 Near the oak in former times, on its north side, stood a terebinth, which, according to Josephus (“B. J.” iv. 9, § 7), had existed since the beginning of the world. In 1852 a large branch was broken off by lightning; and the wood from it formed eight camelloads.

Dear me here comes that tree again but it makes for an interesting read. Even Josephus believes that the tree is as old as Adam, rather older than Adam, something, perhaps that resided as part of the Spiritual Torah which all Prophets before Moses were supposed to know.

The Spiritual Torah is the Wisdom of God, which, of course, is timeless, eternal almost an Aleph and a Tav. Though does it equate with Proverbs 8:22-33 since this informs us that Wisdom was created by God before the Founation of the Earth.? A Bet and a Tav since God created Wisdom first and is now ever present with God and in God.-just me being silly.

For Wisdom

Go see Hebrew

Go see  English NASB

5And Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had acquired, and the souls they had acquired in Haran, and they went to go to the land of Canaan, and they came to the land of Canaan.

 

and the souls they had acquired in Haran: whom he had brought under the wings of the Shechinah. Abraham would convert the men, and Sarah would convert the women, and Scripture ascribes to them [a merit] as if they had made them (Gen. Rabbah 39:14). (Hence, the expression אֲשֶׁר עָשׂוּ, lit. that they made.) The simple meaning of the verse is: the slaves and maidservants that they had acquired for themselves, as in [the verse] (below 31:1): “He acquired (עָשָׂה) all this wealth” [an expression of acquisition]; (Num. 24:18): “and Israel acquires,” an expression of acquiring and gathering. Source note verse 5

In the notes above (from rashi’s commentary) we are told that Abram had brought all the souls they had aquired in Haran under the wings of the Shechina. The Shechina is, first of all a femine noun and as such is referred to as ‘she’, it is part and parcel of hersed, the Precence of God cannot exist without His mercy, it was for these that God Created the earth.

There is a problem with Abram bringing his servants under the wings of the Shechina in that he, himself, according to Rav Baruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag (RABASH)  in Tav-Shin-Mem-Vav, 1985-86, had not yet received it since he had not yet been given his new name, see below:-

It is written in the holy Zohar concerning Hesed [mercy] (Lech Lecha, item 382): “Why was he not called Abraham thus far? We explained that thus far he was not circumcised, and now he has been circumcised. Once he was circumcised he connected with the Hey, which is the Shechina …

O so one Jew disagrees with another Abram brought his servants underneath the wings of the Shechina before he had received her himself. He would only receive her after the indignity of a very painful process after, which he definitely merited the Shechina, then and then only would he become Abraham. And give the Shechina to those  he had already given Her. Huh or is this just me?

So Abram =no Shechina = no wisdom:

Can we, or can we not excuse Abram for building his altar under its shade? We heard him in his very own words tell us that he was attempting to come to terms with what the One God expected yet here he is standing under the shade of  Spiritual tree as old as time its self  and hedging his bets by placing a place of offering under a Holy Tree.

I conclude that, given he neither possesses the Wisdom, Mercy and indwelling presence of God that Abram could not yet know his wrongfulness.

Though Abram did not possess mercy the Lord his god was Merciful to him.

I would like to finish our relationship with Abramaham by dealing with the covenants made with God.

Covenants with or without fire


Image1 at:By Gideon Pisanty (Gidip) גדעון פיזנטי (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Image 2: ABRAHAM’S OAK – JewishEncyclopedia.com. 2018. ABRAHAM’S OAK – JewishEncyclopedia.com. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/363-abraham-s-oak. [Accessed 24 March 2018].
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About Andrew Blair

Living in Maroubra Australia, Pastor,intrigued with the Concepts of other times, Carer for my wife Jessica. Simple web designer and Administrator; photographer, artist and theologian. Additionally Since the age of 17 I live with uncontrollable Epilepsy and Bipolar Affective Disorder with some Psychotic episodes, for the past 4 years, at least I have been bipolar depressed with no real excitement, periodic bouts of paranoia and other yuck.

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