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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 (see the Fact Finder below) 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."
Fact Finder: What was the point of Elijah and Moses appearing (as a future event) at the Transfiguration?