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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. [152]











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