||Abram took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, and all their belongings, as well as the people they had gathered, and they left, heading toward Canaan. When they came to Canaan,
Vayikach Avram et-Saray ishto ve'et-Lot ben-achiv ve'et-kol-rechusham asher rachashu ve'et-hanefesh asher-asu veCharan vayetse'u lalechet artsah Kna'an vayavo'u artsah Kna'an.
||Abram traveled through the land as far as the area of Shechem, coming to the Plain of Moreh. The Canaanites were then in the land.
Vaya'avor Avram ba'arets ad mekom Shchem ad elon Moreh vehaKna'ani az ba'arets.
|the people they had gathered...|
Literally, 'the soul that they had made,' or 'the souls that they had made.' It can be interpreted to mean the servants they had acquired (Rashi), or the people that they had converted to God's cause (Rashi; Ibn Ezra). It can also denote the spiritual gifts that they had acquired (Sefer Yetzirah 6; Raavad ad loc.)
A city near the center of the Holy Land, in the vicinity of the present Nablus.
|Plain of Moreh|
(Targum; Rashi). Elon Moreh in Hebrew. See Deuteronomy 11:30. Other sources translate it as 'the Terebinth of Moreh' (Ibn Ezra; Ramban on 14:6). The terebinth of the Torah is a large tree (Pistacia atlantica) of the sumac family, also related to the pistachio. It is also sometimes identified with the oak. The terebinth could live for over a thousand years, and was often as much as twenty feet in diameter. The Terebinth of Moreh would have been a particularly large tree that served as a landmark in the area. See Genesis 35:4, Judges 9:6.