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HERMON

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חרמון

The story of the transfiguration began when Yeshua "brought them up alone with him on a high mountain" (Mark 9:2). He decided to take his closest disciples with him. “He took along Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray” (Luke 9:28).

There are two possible sites for the transfiguration, Mount Hermon and Mount Tabor, Hermon, much larger, is a mountain cluster in the far north of Israel. One of its peaks, over 2133 meters, is the country’s highest elevation. The gospels do not indicate the location of the high mountain, although Early church tradition places the transfiguration on Mount Tabor, a hill not far from Nazareth. But the gospels place the story of Peter’s confession in the region of Caesarea Philippi that is the base of Mount Hermon. The geography of the story suggests the heights of Mount Hermon as the most likely candidate for the location.

Psalm 133 connected the “dew of Hermon” with the anointing oil.   But it could also be a metaphor for snow, in which the psalmist pictures one of the most beautiful sights in nature, the snowfall.

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