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Mount Tabor

Mount Tabor is a mountain in Galilee, located about 6 miles / 10 kilometers east of Nazareth and 11 miles / 18 kilometers west of The Sea Of Galilee. With an impressive height of 1,840 feet / 560 meters high, overlooking the Valley of Jezreel, it served as a boundary point between the tribes of Issachar, Naphtali and Zebulun (see Tribal Lands). Jesus Christ would have been very well familiar with Mount Tabor, since He grew up within sight of it, and for that reason some believe that it was the location of The Transfiguration. Others say that Mount Hermon is more likely.

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Deborah and Barak Defeat Sisera

"Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time. She used to sit under the palm (see The Palm Tree) of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the people of Israel came up to her for judgment. She sent and summoned Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali, and said to him, "The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you, 'Go, gather your men at Mount Tabor, taking ten thousand from the tribe of Naphtali and the tribe of Zebulun. And I will draw out Sisera, the general of Jabin's army, to meet you by the river Kishon with his chariots and his troops; and I will give him into your hand.'" (Judges 4:4-7 RSV)

"When Sisera was told that Barak the son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor, Sisera called out all his Chariots, nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the men who were with him, from Harosheth Hagoiim to the river Kishon. And Deborah said to Barak, "Up! For this is the day in which The Lord has given Sisera into your hand. Does not The Lord go out before you?" So Barak went down from Mount Tabor with ten thousand men following him. And The Lord routed Sisera and all his chariots and all his army before Barak at the edge of The Sword; and Sisera alighted from his chariot and fled away on foot." (Judges 4:12-15 RSV)

Fact Finder: What relatives of Gideon were killed by Zebah and Zalmunna, the kings of Midian, at Mount Tabor?
Judges 8:19

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