Ancient oaks

By BEN BRESKY
November 22, 2017 17:39

A visit to historic Elonei Mamre.




Ancient oaks

Mamre is mentioned in the Bible as the site where Abraham and Sarah pitched their tent and were visited by three angels.. (photo credit: BEN BRESKY)

In days of yore, Mamre was a thriving marketplace where Jews, pagans and early Christians used to buy, sell and trade, and religious rituals of various denominations took place. To the 250 visitors that made the trip to Mamre on a chilly Thursday night, it must have seemed much more desolate.

The large field that is today known as Elonei Mamre (Oaks of Mamre) is distinguished by its massive stone walls and dotted with random pillars and broken remains.

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