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13:18 Abram moved on. He came and settled in the Plains of Mamre, in Hebron, and there he built an altar to God.
Vaye'ehal Avram vayavo vayeshev be'Eloney Mamre asher beChevron vayiven-sham mizbe'ach l'Adonay.



Commentary:

Plains
  Eloney Mamre in Hebrew. Others translate it, 'Terebinths of Mamre.' See note on Genesis 12:6. Josephus states that it was by an oak called Ogyges (Ancient One) (Antiquities 1:10:4; Wars 4:9:7).

Hebron
  A well known city, some 18 miles west of the Dead Sea, not very far from Sodom. This would mean that Abram migrated some 28 miles southward from Bethel.

moved on
  Literally, 'moved his tents.' See Genesis 13:12.

Mamre
  An Amorite who was Abram's ally (Genesis 14:13). This area was later known as Kiryath HaArba (Genesis 35:27).





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