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Genesis 12:6-7

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12:6 Abram traveled through the land as far as the oak tree 1  of Moreh 2  at Shechem. 3  (At that time the Canaanites were in the land.) 4  12:7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants 5  I will give this land.” So Abram 6  built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.

1 tn Or “terebinth.”

2 sn The Hebrew word Moreh (מוֹרֶה, moreh) means “teacher.” It may well be that the place of this great oak tree was a Canaanite shrine where instruction took place.

3 tn Heb “as far as the place of Shechem, as far as the oak of Moreh.”

4 tn The disjunctive clause gives important information parenthetical in nature – the promised land was occupied by Canaanites.

5 tn The same Hebrew term זֶרַע (zera’) may mean “seed” (for planting), “offspring” (occasionally of animals, but usually of people), or “descendants” depending on the context.

6 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Abram) has been supplied in the translation for clarification.



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