מורה מרה

In 2001, Luke was up late one night drawing graffiti in his blackbook and was searching for a personal 'graffiti writer alias' as is customary to the culture and wanted it to be 5 letters. After reading nearly the entire english dictionary he still could not find it. Then he switched on the TV  with only 1 channel available on his old static television just after 3 a.m. There it was in the sub-titles bold fuzzy letters; ...'MOREH'...  a televised lesson being taught by Pastor Arnold Murray of SHEPHERDS CHAPEL.  As the years went by he would keep learning more about this mysterious name.

The name "MOREH"  מורה מרה : Summary

Meaning

Early Rain, Teacher, Rain Man

Etymology

From the verb ירה (yara), to cast or shoot.

Related names

• Via ירה (yara): AshtorethGomorrahJeremothJeriahJerielJerimothJeruelJerusalem

JorahJoraiMoriahTiriaTorahYiron

 

The name Moreh in the Bible

There are two locations known by the name Moreh in the Bible:

  • A place near Shechem, known fully as אלון מורה ('elon moreh), or Oak (Of) Moreh. This is where Abraham built an altar to YHWH right after his arrival in Canaan and just prior to his stay in Bethel (Genesis 12:6). The wording of these statements and the activities they describe strongly suggest that Abraham was not simply wandering around, but was rather on a specific course along a network of centers of learning. The second time the oaks (plural this time) of Moreh are mentioned is in the highly significant passage of Deuteronomy 11:26-32, where the Lord sets before Israel a blessing (Mount Gerizim) and a curse (Mount Ebal), beside the Oaks Of Moreh (Deuteronomy 11:30, only here spelled מרה).

  • A hill (גבעה, gib'a) in the valley of Jezreel, where the Midianites were camped just prior to being defeated by Gideon and his 300 men (Judges 7:1, see 6:33).

BDB Theological Dictionary appears to not acknowledge Moreh as name and speaks of "the teacher's terebinth" for the first Moreh and "teacher's hill" for the second one. BDB further asserts that the terebinth "was a holy tree from which divine teaching was given," but that's little more than a rather dated assumption. Here at Abarim Publications we find it more likely that the word for terebinth denoted a particular wisdom school (read our article on the name Abraham for a hint to what a tree might have symbolized to the ancients).

"MOREH" 

Deuteronomy 11:27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: 28And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known. 29And it shall come to pass, when the LORD thy God hath brought thee in unto the land whither thou goest to possess it, that thou shalt put the blessing upon mount Gerizim, and the curse upon mount Ebal. 30Are they not on the other side Jordan, by the way where the sun goeth down, in the land of the Canaanites, which dwell in the champaign over against Gilgal, beside the plains of MOREH31For ye shall pass over Jordan to go in to possess the land which the LORD your God giveth you, and ye shall possess it, and dwell therein. 32And ye shall observe to do all the statutes and judgments which I set before you this day.

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