The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary
by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
10. THE GROVE OF MOREH. ABRAHAM'S TEREBINTH TREE.
[Sunday, March 4 ^th:] Yesterday, Saturday evening, at the close of the
Sabbath, the Holy Family traveled on from Nazara through the night, and
during the whole of Sunday and the following night I saw them in hiding
by that big old terebinth tree where they had stopped in Advent on
their journey to Bethlehem, when the Blessed Virgin was so cold. It was
Abraham's terebinth tree, near the grove of Moreh, not far from
Shechem, Thanath, Shiloh, and Aruma. The news of Herod's pursuit had
spread here, and the region was unsafe for them. It was near this tree
that Jacob buried Laban's idols. Joshua assembled the people near this
tree and erected the tabernacle containing the Ark of the Covenant, and
it was here that he made them renounce their idols. Abimelech, the son
of Gideon, was hailed here as king by the people of Shechem.