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Giant Trees of Mamre

When looking for Abrahams part of the world he called Mamre, we need to find a place that has large trees or at least the remnants of the Tall Trees that was described in the Bible. Mamre today is a place down in the Western Cape, not far from Cape Town. There has been stories of trees of very large stature, only to have been cut down after the arrival of expansionist and colonial powers, but surely there it is still possible to grow very large trees in these parts of South Africa, be it Boabab or Yellowwoods, or as they were called in the Bible, Terebinths (whatever actual species they might have been back then, Scripture uses Oak and Cypress...). Now Abraham pitched his tents at Mamre and stayed at the Cape of Comforts because he lacked nothing there. Then he built an altar (Genesis 13,18) and later on was guided by three angels (with SoNiNi among them) who came to eat with Abraham (Genesis 18,1-15) at the plains and Giant Trees of Mamre.

In Genesis 13,18 Abraham settled by the Giant Trees of Mamre. The Septuagint (the greek rendition of Scripture) seems to refer to a single Great Tree, and historian Josephus even gave it a name Ogyges (but that name has way more inferences to it perhaps even being a person rather than a tree). Now Mamre himself may have been an Amorite, a local chief after whom the Tree or Trees was named after. Close to Mamre was said to be Mount Hebron (Genesis 23,19 ; 25,27) and not far from there again would be Mount Hermon. There are also said to be caves around this area, namely the Caves of The Patriarchs. As we read in Genesis 14,13:

13 "... Now Abram was living near the great trees of Mamre the Amorite, a brother of Eshkol and Aner, all of whom were allied with Abram."

We see here this area was lush with very large trees, Terebinths of Mamre. Mamre was one of the 3 Amorite chiefs what joined forces with Abraham in hot pursuit of Chedorlaomer to save his relative Lot (Genesis 14,13-24).

Now looking into these beautiful flat Gardens and slopes that is the area above Cape Town, with vineyards and olive gardens (dry soil) but still blessed by SoNiNi in many ways. Now historically, we find Herod The Great involved at Mamre, Josephus mentions it in his writings, also Constantine the Great has been said to have been there. Today, there are areas like Malmesbury that would also fall under The vast Area of Mamre back in the day. Also Mount Hebron, there seems to have been more than one, this would be Hebron in The South or the North depending on where you place Negev and Jerusalem. Another topic.

In ancient Hebrew it says, Elonei Mamre, (Terebinths of Mamre) and is a referring to an ancient Religious site seemingly focused on One single very large Tree that had been growing since the time of immemorial at Hebron in the Land of Kanaan. Now of you manage to you look at the official History of Cape Town it is nothing short of miraculous that it has not one written word (apparently) before Bartholomeu Diaz came in 1400s. Such a piece of land like this, so lush and fertile would have been under cultivation since Abraham, and indeed it has been. Plenty of natives have connections to the land, they will say they have been there for years and years... Zebulon, Naphtali, Manasseh, Outeniqua, San, Khoisan, KhoiKohi and Hottentotts/Hittites). However the truth is whichever conqueror came last, tends to dictate history and land rights. But we are seeing all of that, now changing. SoNiNi will give the land to whom hHe pleases and will fill it with the people that aim please him. That is why people have a hard time in South Africa when doing wrong things and behaving contrary to his Laws. Cleanse the lands SoNiNi, and see Ephraim has woken up, now lets awaken people in the Land as well. Anyone living in the actual land today knows The Bantu brothers and sisters are in deep deep sleep.... Sangoma spells and mixtures of Christianity and African tribalism is drawing the Spirit of the Bantus through the deep waters. The awakening is on the way however and when things start to change, they will change fast.

We have been working on many of these maps, and we really should start to work on something like a Biblical Encyclopaedia for South Africa today. We must restore the names such as Cape of Nahum (Capernaum). If we read the Scriptures we see that the area at the Cape got that name from Nahum The Prophet, his name meaning Comfort or Comforter, and he came from the same towns as Abrahams allies in Elkosh or Alkosh (Nahum 1,1), called Mamre after one of the Amorite Chiefs in the region.

If we look closer into Nahums prophecy, we see it as the approaching and final destruction of Nineve, capital of the Assyrian Empire in the East. Now Nineve must have been quite far up the East-African coast as it was compared to Thebes, that used to be an Egyptian city before it was destroyed. Prophet Nahum describes the siege and Nineves troops tried their best to halt invaders, Nahum seems to step into the battle himself at some point, lots of poetry and taunt war songs. And Assyria went to "sleep" or was put to death, as it were. Ninenves leader Ashurbanipal, was there at the height of its existence and centre of the civilisation and commerce. Nahum described it as a city of blood full of lies and robbery, from all their plunder of conquered cities. The Prophet Jonah gave his messages of warning (eventually), then Nahum and Zephaniah all predicted the fall of the city of Ninenve. Today people place Ninenve and the Assyrian Empire in Mesopotamia and up of the continent, which is not correct. Up there would have been a part of Babylonia and others. Back to trees now :)

The Prophet Nahum lies buried today at Elkosh, somewhere in the plains of Mamre in the Western Cape. I bet there is a very big and sanctified tree or Terebinth growing there from his grave today.

If we look closer into the word Terebinth, from an African Perspective of species, only Yellowwood Podocarpus Falcatu (on the left from TsitsiKamma last big one standing) and Boabab Adansonia. These large species are the remnants we are left with, and seems to fit the descriptions we find in the Scriptures of giant trees. Now in ancient Hebrew ela or allon was a meaning of strong and sturdy. Now there are several instances where this giant tress are venues of special events or locations. So then we focus on these two species as possible candidates from the locations below. Like the location where Jacob buried the idols of Labans house 'under the terebinth which was by Schechem' (Genesis 35,4). And Angel of SoNiNi naNiNi appeared to Gideon under a Terebinth (Judges 6,11). The bodies of Saul and his sons was buried beneath a Terebinth (I Chronicles 10,12 and I Samuel 31,13). Another was the Ela where King David Slew Goliath, in I Samuel 17,2 the Terebinths in the area grew very large and often served as places of worship and offering. Trees are being spoken off in not a very good manner in Hosea 4,13, Isaiah 1,29 and Ezekiel 6,13. Now Ela seems to also appear as a personal name and not only the names of Giant trees, hence we have a derived word such as Elon (which may be why Elon Musk has grown to be such a big tree or person, check his fruits then you see what kind of tree he is). Now the Ela could very well be a reference to the Boabab, which has such a great network of branches, like the ones Absalom was caught by his long hair (II Samuel 18,9). Most trees shed their leaves in winter, which is said to be what the Terebinth did (Isaiah 1,29-30).

Furthermore Isaiah compares the Remnant of The Bantus of The Promised Land as a great trunk of the Terebinth, that grew closely to one of The Gates of the vast City of Jerusalem.

Let us Give the Remnant water now, so that the many planted trees may bring forth its leaves and springs of righteous fruit.

Uxolo lube nani


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