Monday, November 23, 2009

Mount Tabor

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For That's My World I wanted to show you Mount Tabor, as seen from the bus that goes between Jerusalem and Tiberias.

When the bus turns toward the flat, fertile Jezreel Valley, you suddenly see a mountain looming in the distance. It is only 460 meters above the valley floor, but still it "looms."


The hill is strategically located on the main north-south ancient road and was an important fortress during the First and Second Temple, Greek, Roman and Crusader times--the scene of many battles. This Via Maris (Derech Hayam) went from Egypt to Damascus and was one of the most important trade routes in the ancient Middle East.

If you click the photos you can see agriculture on the slopes.
Around the base of Mt. Tabor are Arab villages such as Deburiah and Iksal and the Bedouin Shibli-Umm al-Ghanam.
About half of the population of Galilee (Israel's northern region) are Arab citizens.

In Christian tradition Tabor is identified as the Mount of Transfiguration, on top of which Jesus was transfigured.

Today both the Franciscans and the Greek Orthodox have monasteries on the mountaintop.
You can see the outline here of the Church of the Transfiguration.

The site is accessible by car only from the north side, by a winding narrow road.
Or, you can always climb the 4,300 stairs that were built in the 4th century for the Christian pilgrims.
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Psalms 89:12 names two mountains:
"The north and the south thou hast created them: Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy name."
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For wonderful aerial photos of Mt. Tabor see http://www.biblewalks.com/Sites/Tabor.html.
and a Franciscan video about the mountain and the church on top. 
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28 comments:

Jew Wishes said...

As always, these photos are so lovely. The Mount gives a sense of serenity within the environment.

Mediterranean kiwi said...

so that is mount tabor - it looks wondrous

(stacked hives? we don't have those at all in hania!)

Pietro said...

What interesting views of Mount Tabor. For me it's fantastic to think that on the top of this mountain there was the sublime event of the transfiguration of Jesus.
About your question on the Monte dei Cappuccini, the church of Santa Maria del Monte is always opened, but I think visits to the convent are not possible. Located next to the church and the convent there is the Museo Nazionale della Montagna which is worth visiting.

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for showing this mountain. I have heard about it in church and when I studied the bible for my teacher's degree. The psalm is beautiful.
Thanks for your visit!

Jedediah said...

4300 steps...the thought is enough to make me wheeze.

Rob and Mandy said...

I've actually climbed the 4300 stairs... Never again!
Lived in different places in Israel for 6 years, from 87 till 93. Was in Eilat for the first Gulf War, with a Patriot shooting ramp 3 meters from my door. Memories...

Petrea said...

An impressive hill. As you said, it looms.

Stine in Ontario said...

4,300 stairs! No thanks. I bet the view from the summit is perfect for seeing miles in all directions so great for a fortress.

JOE TODD said...

Many steps back in time. Thank you

RuneE said...

Monasteries seems to be a common theme for us today. Thank you for the comment!

Carver said...

Wonderful shots of Mount Tabor and I love seeing the terraced agricultural crops. Interesting post and shots. I bet climbing the stairs would be quite an experience.

Marie Höglund said...

As always magnificent shots from your world.

Jack and Joann said...

4300 steps. You got to be kidding me. My legs couldn't take even 300 steps. Holy Moses!

Stephany said...

Beautiful photos of Mount Tabor and a most interesting background.

susieofarabia said...

I always enjoy your historial and informative posts - thanks, Dina!
Sorry I haven't been around - I was traveling and didn't have much time for blog hopping. But I'm back now, so you'll be seeing me more often again!

Coffeedoff said...

Lovely set of photos, great to see these views!

eileeninmd said...

Thanks for sharing Mount Tabor. I love seeing scenes from around the world. Great photos.

jeannette stgermain said...

Stairs?...I think I'll take the winding road!
Thank you for sharing the pics Dina!
Of course it does not replace going there yourself to really get the feel of it!

Sylvia K said...

Thanks for the visit to Mount Tabor! How beautiful it is! Beautiful psalm! Thanks, Dina, it's a lovely and inspiring post!

Enjoy your week!

Sylvia

J Bar said...

These are great.
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PS the Pratsie said...

Interesting pics ! thanks for sharing :)

Cloudia said...

WoW. These journeys really move me, Dina.


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Robin said...

My husband went to university with a couple of guys from Shibli. Apparently Shibli is also the last name of EVERYONE in the village. As the original branch of the family grew, the newer generations built out in concentric circles.

Have you been to the historical museum in Kfar Tavor? It's really well done, and the nearby marzipan museum is definitely something you don't see every day!

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» enjoyed seeing and reading this very much, Dina!

Eki said...

The flat landscape in front of it makes it looks even more wonderful, Dina.

Eki said...

Oh, and to answer your question. Yes, it is one of the ways to make it ripen faster. Alternatively, you can also put it in a bag of rice.

FA said...

I love seeing Mt. Tabor from this perspective. Thank you. Naturally, a Carmelite is drawn to any mountain, but this one in particular.

Kay said...

Did you say 4,300 steps? Yiiiikes! Absolutely not for me but I'm sure Art would do it with you. It certainly is a beautiful peaceful looking mountain.