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."
"Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if Thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias." [see Why Elijah?]
"While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a Voice out of the cloud, which said, This is My beloved Son [see The Logos], in Whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him."
"And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.
"And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead."
"And His disciples asked Him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?"
"And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. But I say unto you, that Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist." (Matthew 17:1-13 King James Version)
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