Ice Mountain

Mount Hermon, from the Hebrew word pronounced ker-mone, meaning abrupt, is the eastern extension of the Anti-Lebanon mountain range. Consisting of a ridge about 20 miles / 32 kilometers long with three peaks rising up to 9,200 feet / 2,800 meters above The Mediterranean Sea, it marked the northern boundary of Israel (Deuteronomy 3:8, 4:48, Joshua 11:3, 11:17, 12:1, 13:11).

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:

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Matthew 11:11

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