A cluster of trees or a resting spot such as an orchard or an oasis. The sacred places referred to in the scriptures are probably groves of oaks (Josh 24:26). Often designated as “high places,” they are the places of worship of the pagan gods Baal and Astarte (Deut 12:2-3; 2Kgs 17:10; 2Kgs 17:16). The grove planted by Abraham in Beer-sheba was of tamarisk trees (Gen 21:33).

Josh 24:26

26Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God; and he took a large stone, and set it up there under the oak in the sanctuary of the Lord.

Deut 12:2-3

2You must demolish completely all the places where the nations whom you are about to dispossess served their gods, on the mountain heights, on the hills, and un ... View more

2Kgs 17:10

10they set up for themselves pillars and sacred poles on every high hill and under every green tree;

2Kgs 17:16

16They rejected all the commandments of the Lord their God and made for themselves cast images of two calves; they made a sacred pole, worshiped all the host of ... View more

Gen 21:33

33Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beer-sheba, and called there on the name of the Lord, the Everlasting God.

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