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Oak of Mamre

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The '''Oak of Sibta''', at Hirbet es-Sibte, two kilometres southwest of Mamre, also called ''The Oak of Abraham'' or ''The Oak of Mamre'' <ref> The Hebrew term ''Eloney Mamreh'' of Genesis 13:18 is considered by some translators to be a name of a region in Canaan. Other scholars dispute this and suggest that it is the reference to the terebinth trees of Mamre; or to the ''Oak of Mamre'', which is know known as ''Abraham's Oak'' </ref>, is an ancient tree which, in tradition, is said to mark the place where Abraham entertained the three angels <ref> [ ''New Challenge for Arafat: A Russian Church''] by Serge Schmemann for the New York Times, July 11, 1997. </ref> or where Abraham pitched his tent. It is estimated that this oak is approximately 5,000 years old.  The site of the oak was acquired in 1868 by Archimandrite Antonin (Kapustin) for the [[Russian Orthodox Church]] in 1868, who also own the and a monastery founded nearby monastery. The site has since been a major attraction for Russian [[pilgrims]] before the revolution, and is the only functioning Christian shrine in the Hebron region. After the Russian Revolution, the property came under the control of the ROCOR.
A long-standing tradition is that the ''Oak of Abraham'' will die before the appearance of the Anti-Christ. The oak has been dead for over three years now.

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