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High place

High place

an eminence, natural or artificial, where worship by sacrifice or offerings was made ( 1 Kings 13:32 ; 2 Kings 17:29 ). The first altar after the Flood was built on a mountain ( Genesis 8:20 ). Abraham also built an altar on a mountain ( Genesis 12:7 Genesis 12:8 ). It was on a mountain in Gilead that Laban and Jacob offered sacrifices ( 31:54 ). After the Israelites entered the Promised Land they were strictly enjoined to overthrow the high places of the Canaanites ( Exodus 34:13 ; Deuteronomy 7:5 ; Deuteronomy 12:2 Deuteronomy 12:3 ), and they were forbidden to worship the Lord on high places ( Deuteronomy 12:11-14 ), and were enjoined to use but one altar for sacrifices ( Leviticus 17:3 Leviticus 17:4 ; Deuteronomy 12 ; 16:21 ). The injunction against high places was, however, very imperfectly obeyed, and we find again and again mention made of them ( 2 Kings 14:4 ; ( 2 Kings 15:17 , etc.).

These dictionary topics are from
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

Bibliography Information

Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for High place". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .