Jacob arrives at Shechem (Gen 33:18-33:20)

“Jacob came safely to the city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, on his way from Paddan-aram.  He camped before the city.  From the sons of Hamor, Shechem’s father, he bought for a hundred pieces of money the plot of land on which he had pitched his tent.  There he erected an altar and called it El-Elohe-Israel.”

Jacob came to Shechem in the land of Canaan, and bought some land, from the sons of Hamor, probably Hivites.  This is the second purchase of land after Abraham had purchased Sarah’s tomb.  Jacob had built a house at Succoth, but here he pitched a tent.  He also erected an altar called El-Elohe-Israel, a name that does not appear anywhere else in biblical literature.  Thus Shechem, about 34 miles north of Jerusalem, will become a place of worship. Abram had passed through here near the oaks of Moreh.

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