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Diviners’ Oak
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Diviners’ Oak
Diviners’ Oak (אֵלוֹן מְעוֹנְנִים‎, elon me'onenim). A tree near Shechem where divination may have been practiced (Judg 9:37).This might be the same tree as the Oak of Moreh mentioned in Gen 12:6. The Old Testament also mentions sacred trees near Shechem (Gen 35:4; Josh 24:26; Judg 9:6).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Diviners’ Oak (Place)
DIVINERS’ OAK (PLACE) [Heb ʾēlôn (אֵלֹון‎) mĕʿônĕnı̂m (מְעֹונְנִים)]. A sacred tree (a terebinth or perhaps an oak) near Shechem, according to Judg 9:37. Since Gaal, looking out from the gate of Shechem, described the approach of the enemy as from the direction of the Diviners’ Oak, the tree must
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Diviners’ Oak
Diviners’ Oak. Place apparently near Shechem (Jgs 9:37); mistakenly called “the plain of Meonenim” in the kjv. The Diviners’ Oak may have been associated with those who practiced divination, hence the name.
Meonenim, Plain of
Meonenim, Plain of. kjv mistranslation for the diviners’ oak, a place near Shechem, in Judges 9:37.See Diviners’ Oak.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Diviners’ Oak
Diviners’ Oak [Heb. ’ēlôn me‘ônenîm] (Jgs. 9:37); AV PLAIN of MEONENIM; NEB SOOTHSAYERS’ TEREBINTH. The Heb. me‘ônenîm is probably a poel participle of the verb ‘ānan, and would therefore refer to “those who practice divination.” See also Divination. It is probably the same tree as that
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Diviners’ Oak
DIVINERS’ OAK Place apparently near Shechem (Jgs 9:37); mistakenly called “the plain of Meonenim” in the kjv. The Diviners’ Oak may have been associated with those who practiced divination, hence the name.
Meonenim, Plain of
MEONENIM*, PLAIN OF kjv mistranslation for the diviners’ oak, a place near Shechem, in Judges 9:37. See Diviners’ Oak.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Meonenim
MEONENIM. The name of a place which could be seen from the gate of Shechem (Jdg 9:37). The KJV speaks of “the plain of Meonenim”; the ASV has “the oak of Meonenim”; the RSV and NASB translate “the Diviners’ Oak.” Apparently it was a sacred tree under which soothsayers, enchanters, or diviners sat and
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Meonenim, Oak of
MEONENIM, OAK OF. The rv rendering of the phrase ’ēlôn me‘onenîm in Jdg. 9:37, which is translated ‘plain of Meonenim’ in av and ‘Diviners’ Oak’ in rsv. The word me‘ônenîm is the intensive participle of the verb ‘ānan, ‘to practice soothsaying’, used, for instance, in 2 Ki. 21:6 = 2 Ch. 33:6 (rv
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Diviners’ Oak
Diviners’ OakA tree near Shechem (Judg. 9:37) under which divining was practiced. The tree (Heb. ʾēlôn mĕʿônĕnɩ̂m) was large enough to provide shade, shelter, and a recognizable location for people to meet (Judg. 9:6). Other trees are also mentioned in relation to divining and altars (Gen. 35:4;
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Diviners’ Oak
Diviners’ Oak (Heb. ˒ēlôn me˓ônenîm). A tree near Shechem (Judg. 9:37; KJV “plain of Meonenim”; NIV “soothsayers’ tree”), probably the same as the oak of Moreh (Gen. 12:6). It is also known as the “oak in the sanctuary of the Lord” (Josh. 24:26) and possibly the “oak of the pillar at Shechem” (Judg.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Meonenim
Meon´enim (enchanters), The plain of, an oak or terebinth, or other great tree. Judges 9:37. The meaning of Meonenim, if interpreted as a Hebrew word, is enchanters or “observers of times,” as it is elsewhere rendered, Deut. 18:10, 14; in Micah 5:12 it is “soothsayers.”
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Meonenim, Plain of
MEON´ENIM, PLAIN OF. The NASB of Judg. 9:37 replaces the KJV expression with “the diviners’ oak,” marg. “terebinth.” The NIV has “soothsayers’ tree.”
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Meonenim
Meonenim(Judg. 9:37; A.V., “the plain of Meonenim;” R.V., “the oak of Meonenim”) means properly “soothsayers” or “sorcerers,” “wizards” (Deut. 18:10, 14; 2 Kings 21:6; Micah 5:12). This may be the oak at Shechem under which Abram pitched his tent (see SHECHEM), the “enchanter’s oak,” so called, perhaps,
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