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by Wayne Blank
Mount Hermon's majestic snow-covered peaks can be seen from far south into Israel, to the west in Lebanon, and to the east in Syria. About 20 miles / 32 kilometers north of The Sea Of Galilee, it would have been a well-known sight for Jesus Christ all of His life, from Nazareth, and then later from Capernaum.
Before the invention of modern refrigeration, Mount Hermon was a source of ice, as indicated by another name that it is known by - ice mountain. In modern times, many people go skiing on its slopes in season.
Throughout Bible History, Mount Hermon was known variously as "the Hermonites" (Psalm 42:6 KJV) because of its multiple summits. It was known to the Sidonians as "Sirion," and to the Amorites as "Senir" or "Shenir" (Deuteronomy 3:9). Others called it "Baal-Hermon" (Judges 3:3, 1 Chronicles 5:23) and "Sion" or "Siyon" (Deuteronomy 4:48).
Many believe that The Transfiguration occurred somewhere on Mount Hermon:
"And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, and was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias [i.e. Elijah] talking with Him."
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