Moreh: Teacher

We have an affinity for unconventional biblical names, and this one undoubtedly tops the list! Moreh felt like a surprising find for a Bible name, as it was one we have read over many times without thinking of it as a name. (Olivet felt like that too!)

Original Language + Form: Hebrew מורה

Range of Meanings: The place name Moreh is generally thought to mean “teacher”. The Hebrew word מורה moreh is identical in spelling to the place name and is thought to mean “early rain” or “teacher”.


References or Context: Moreh is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible several times as the “Oak of Moreh” or “Hill of Moreh”. The most noteworthy of these is in the story of Abraham in Genesis 12. It tells of Moreh as the location where God reveals himself to Abraham and promises to give the land of Canaan to his descendants.

“Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh.” Genesis 12:6

If you love Moreh and are looking for other place names in the Bible, don’t forget to check out Biblical Places as Baby Names!

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