August 2017

Mt. Tabor

Mt. Tabor is the highest mountain in lower Galilee (1,843 ft). It rises, perfectly round, above the fertile Jezreel Valley. Its beauty entrapped the Israelites in idol worship: “Listen, O house of the king! For the judgment pertains to you; for you have been a snare at Mizpah, and a net spread upon Tabor ”(Hosea 5:1), and inspired the psalmist in praising God: “The north and the south—you created them; Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name.” (Ps 89:12)
It is where the territory of three Jewish tribes converged (Joshua 19:12, 22, 34). It is the place where the men of Naphtali and Zebulun gathered to attack the Canaanites (Judges 4: 6-14). It is also one of the traditionally believed sites of the transfiguration (Matt 17:5).