And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of
As it was afterwards called by Jacob, which before and
at this time had the name of Luz, (Genesis 28:19) now to the east of this
place was a mountain, whither Abram removed his tent from Sichem, which
was about twenty miles from it, as Sir Walter Raleigh F6 observes,
some say twenty eight F7:
and pitched his tent;
that is, upon the mountain, as before upon
the plain, fitly representing the state of the people of God, as
sojourners in this world, living like Abram in tents and tabernacles,
having no abiding place:
having Bethel on the west,
or "on the sea" F8, the Mediterranean
sea, which Aben Ezra calls the Spanish sea, and lay to the west of the
land of Canaan:
and Hai on the east;
the same which is called "Ai", and said to be
on the east side of Bethel, (Joshua 7:2) hard by this place, Rauwolff
F9 says, you shall still find some old ruins of old stones, where
first Abraham the patriarch did build a tent, as you read in
(Genesis 12:8) and he says that Bethel is still called to this day
Bethisella, and is situated half a league further towards the west, at
the foot of the hill, in a very fruitful country:
and there he builded an altar unto the Lord:
as he had done at
Sichem; for wherever he went he worshipped God, and offered sacrifice
and called upon the name of the Lord:
prayed unto him for fresh
mercies, as well as gave thanks for past ones; or, "he called in the
name of the Lord" F11, he called upon Jehovah the Father, in the name
of his Son, the glorious Mediator, who had appeared unto him, and whose
day he saw and was glad.
F6 History of the World, par. 1. b. 2. sect. 3. p. 132.
F7 Bunting's Travels, p. 56.
F8 (Mym) "a mari", Montanus, Piscater, Schmidt.
F9 Travels, part 3. ch. 21. p. 317. Ed. Ray.
F11 (hwhy Mvb arqyw) "et invocavit in nomine Domini", Montanus,