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Land of Moriah
Abraham was directed by God to take his son Isaac, to go into the land of Moriah, and there to offer him for a burnt offering (
Abraham journeyed from the land of the Philistines, and on the 3rd day he saw the place afar off (
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.