Places in the Bible Today:

Moreh 1


Translated NamesMoreh, Oak of Moreh
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. within 1 km of Shechem (ancient): more than 95% confidence
    1. aerial panorama of Tell Balatahwithin 1 km of Tell Balatah

  2. in Shechem (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. aerial panorama of Tell Balatahin Tell Balatah

  3. another name for the Diviners’ Oak (ancient): less than 10% confidence
    1. aerial panorama of Tell Balatahwithin 200 m of Tell Balatah

Verses (2)

  1. Gen 12:6
  2. Deut 11:30

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookMoreh (Oak) (2007)Moreh 1
OpenBible.infoa38ad9f (Moreh 1)


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Moreh (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Moreh
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Moreh
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Moreh
  5. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Moreh
  6. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003)
  7. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Moreh, Oak of
  8. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): Gen 12:6
  9. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Moreh, Oak of
  10. Matthews, Genesis (1996, 2005): 12:8-9
  11. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Moreh
  12. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009)
  13. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  14. Tyndale Bible Dictionary (2001): Moreh, Oak of
  15. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Moreh
  16. Williams, Genesis (2000): 12:1-3
  17. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Moreh, Oak of
  18. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  19. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identifications is changing over time. Each dot (connected by a dotted line) reflects the confidence of an identification over the preceding ten years (e.g., the 2009 dot reflects scholarship from 2000 to 2009), and the corresponding solid line reflects a best-fit line for the identification. Confidences that cluster near or below 0% indicate low confidence. Because of the small dataset, it's best to use this chart for general trends; if one identification is trending much higher than the others (in this case, within 1 km of Shechem), then you can probably have higher confidence in the identification. This chart only reflects the sources I consulted (listed above), not an exhaustive review of the literature.

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This page attempts to identify all the possible locations where this biblical place could be. The confidence levels add up to less than 100%, indicating that the modern location is uncertain. It's best to think about the confidences in relative rather than absolute terms. Often they reflect different schools of thought, each confident in their identifications.