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Tamarisk
See Plants. The Hebrew term eshel in Genesis 21:33 is viewed by some scholars as a reference to the tamarisk. Other scholars dispute this and suggest instead that the term refers to the shittim tree. The above tree was planted by Abraham at the site in which he concluded a treaty with Avimelekh. Abraham then used the site of the planted tree to invoke the name of God.

The tamarisk has a horizontal shape and leaves which are similar to those of the cypress tree.

Habitat: The tree can be found in the Israeli desert.

Terebinth
See Plants. The Hebrew term Elon Moreh of Genesis 12:6 has been considered by some translators to be the name of a specific locality in Canaan. It has hence been viewed by some translators as meaning "the plains of Moreh". Other scholars dispute this and claim instead that the name Elon Moreh is a reference to the terebinth that was located on the plains of Moreh. The terebinth tree is distinguished by its longevity and scale and hence, it has been suggested, could have been used as a geographical landmark by travellers. The term appears in a passage which describes the route taken by Abraham on his journey to the promised land.

The terebinth is a monumental tree. It is a member of the pistachio and sumac family.

Habitat: Valley of Elah, the Negev and Lower Galilee.





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