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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).
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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. 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.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
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.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
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
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
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
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
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,