ISRAEL PHOTOS III  -- A COLLECTION OF PHOTOS FROM ISRAEL 

WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF SCENES AND SITES PERTINENT TO THE STUDY OF CHRISTIANITY

MT. HERMON


Mt. Hermon from Hula Swamp Nature Preserve - April 2005

Mount Hermon is the tallest mountain in Israel at over 9200 feet in elevation.   On the left side of the snow capped mountain are the foothills near Caesarea Philippi. 

After feeding the 4,000 Jesus was teaching in the villages near Caesarea Philippi at the foot of Mount Hermon:

Photos of the Region of Caesarea Philippi

Caesarea Philippi - Philip's Herodian Capitol

Mark 8:
 
27  Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, "Who do people say I am?"
28
They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets."
29 "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "You are the Christ"
30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.

In Mark 9:

2 And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them;
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and his garments became glistering, exceeding white, so as no fuller on earth can whiten them.
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And there appeared unto them Elijah with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.
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And Peter answereth and saith to Jesus, Rabbi, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.
6 For he knew not what to answer; for they became sore afraid.
7 And there came a cloud overshadowing them: and there came a voice out of the cloud, This is my beloved Son: hear ye him.

After Jesus, Peter, James, and John rejoined the disciples in a place below, Matt. 17:

14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a man, kneeling to him, saying,
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Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is epileptic, and suffereth grievously; for oft-times he falleth into the fire, and off-times into the water.
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And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
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And Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I bear with you? bring him hither to me.
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And Jesus rebuked him; and the demon went out of him: and the boy was cured from that hour.
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Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast it out?
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And he saith unto them, Because of your little faith: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain (Mt. of Transfiguration), Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
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But this kind goeth not out save by prayer and fasting.

Compare Jesus' statement about faith to that of Cicero who lived in the first century B.C.:
"And therefore we may follow the Stoics, who diligently investigate the etymology of words; and we may accept their statement that "good faith" is so called because what is promised is "made good," from Cicero,  De Officiis, Book I.

In Mark 9:

30 They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were,
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because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, "The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise."
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But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.

Both Matthew and Mark agreed Jesus was in the villages of the region of Philip's capitol city Caesarea Philippi (at the base of Mt. Hermon) before the transfiguration and after the transfiguration they went back to Galilee.  Luke described that Jesus went with his disciples to the mount of transfiguration after the feeding of the five thousand.  In John 6:4 the feeding of the five thousand happened close to the time of the Passover and in John 6:10 there was plenty of grass in that place. 

Many have indicated Mt. Hermon was likely  the Mount of Transfiguration.  In January the cloud cover was so low sometimes most of the mountain was covered by clouds.

From the summit of Mt. Hermon one might see the Mediterranean Sea. 


Library of Congress Photo Collection

This photo is a view from the summit, early 20th century; with the Mediterranean Sea near Tyre in view.  Supposedly the Old Testament prophet Elijah stayed with a widow of Zerapheth during a famine.  Zarapheth was the next major town south of Tyre.  Jesus went to Tyre and was begged by a Syro-Phoenician woman to heal her daughter.  People from Tyre and Sidon were going to Jesus in Galilee as they heard reports of him.  Sidon was 25 miles north of Tyre.  

There is a Catholic tradition indicating the Mount of Transfiguration was Mt. Tabor.  This was passed on to us from Jerome.


Mt.Tabor near Nazareth -- January 2006

Parable of the Mustard Seed
    
A Mustard Field Along Highway 87-North Shore of Galilee
     Mustard Seeds in the Palm of a Hand
     A Branching Mustard Plant Near the Jordan River/Bethsaida
     Mustard Field March 1999
    
Mustard Flowers
Upper Most Seats of the Synagogue

The Fig Tree
    
Mt of Olives Fig Tree April 12-13, 2005
     Fig and Pomegranate trees below Siloam in Jerusalem
     Israel Photos II fig tree page
    
Sycomore Fig Tree
The Good Shepherd
The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats
     Goat Herder
Camels
Ritual Cleansing
Shechem
     The Olive Harvest of Samaria
     Mt. Ebal
     Olive Tree
Pearl of Great Price
A First Century Synagogue at Gamala
     View from the Vulture Overlook
     Overview of Gamala
Modern Galilee Fishing Boats
Kursi
     
Caves and/or Tombs
     Steep Slope near the Lake
Hippos
Feeding the 5,000
    
On the Mountain
    
Walking on Water

     Ramot-Zelon area

     Alternate location
Mt. Hermon
The Pool(s) of Bethesda in Jerusalem
    
Healing Pools
     Southern Pool
     Crusader Chapel and St. Ann Church
The Pool of Siloam in Jerusalem
     Gihon Spring
     Hezekiah's Tunnel
     Overlook of  Siloam
Tower of Siloam
A Watch Tower in a Vineyard/Olive Grove
    
Grape Vines at Beth Horan

    Towers
Mt. Precipice
     South Face
     Summit
     Over the edge
     Measuring Line
    
View of Nazareth from near Megiddo
Nazareth
     The Basilica of the Annunciation 
Capernaum 
Healing a Paralytic in Capernaum
Bethsaida

Waterskins and Wineskins
The Fish and the Coin
A Denarius
Casting out a demon
The Road to Jericho
    
Old Roman Road
    
Wilderness Above Jericho

     Old Jericho
Western Wall
Gethsemane and the Cave of  Gethsemane
Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Rolling Stone Tombs - Jerusalem
     Other Rolling Stone Tombs
Tiberias

Solar Power in Israel

Salt of the earth
Chorazin

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