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Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary

Moriah

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MOUNT. A hill on the northeast side of Jerusalem, once separated from that of Acra by a broad valley, which, according to Josephus, was filled up by the Asmoneans, and the two hills converted into one. In the time of David it stood apart from the city, and was under cultivation; for here was the threshing floor of Araunah, the Jebusite, which David bought, on which to erect an altar to God, 2 Samuel 24:15-25 . On the same spot Solomon afterward built the temple, 2 Chronicles 3:1; when it was included within the walls of the city. Here, also, Abraham is supposed to have been directed to offer his son Isaac, Genesis 22:1-2 . Moriah implies "vision;" and the "land of Moriah," mentioned in the above passage in the history of Abraham, was probably so called from being seen "afar off." It included the whole group of hills on which Jerusalem was afterward built.

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Moriah'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/wtd/m/moriah.html. 1831-2.

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