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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
Moriah, Land of
Abraham journeyed from the land of the Philistines, and on the 3day he saw the place afar off (Genesis 22:4 ). This naturally suggests some prominent mountain farther North than Jerusalem. The description could hardly apply to Jerusalem in any case, as it could not be seen "afar off" by one approaching either from the South or the West. The Samaritans lay the scene of sacrifice on MT.
Instead of "Moriah" in this passage Peshitta reads "Amorites." This suggests a possible emendation of the text, which, if it be accepted, furnishes a more definite ides of the land within which that memorable scene was enacted. Both Jerusalem and Gerizim, however, lay within the boundaries of the land of the Amorites. No doubt the enmity existing between the Jews and the Samaritans led them each to glorify their own holy places to the detriment of those of their rivals. Little stress can therefore be laid upon their identifications. With our present knowledge we must be content to leave the question open.
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Moriah, Land of'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/m/moriah-land-of.html. 1915.