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Mount Nebo
Mount Nebo
(Arabic: جبل نيبو‎ Jabal Nībū; Hebrew: הַר נְבוֹ‬ Har Nevo) is an elevated ridge in Jordan, approximately 710 metres (2,330 ft) above sea level, mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as the place where Moses
Moses
was granted a view of the Promised Land. The view from the summit provides a panorama of the Holy Land and, to the north, a more limited one of the valley of the River Jordan. The West Bank
West Bank
city of Jericho
Jericho
is usually visible from the summit, as is Jerusalem
Jerusalem
on a very clear day.

Contents

1 Religious significance 2 Archaeology 3 Gallery 4 See also 5 References 6 Further reading 7 External links

Religious significance[edit] According to the final chapter of the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses ascended Mount Nebo
Mount Nebo
to view the Land of Canaan, which God had said he would not enter, and to die there; he was buried in an unknown valley location in Moab.[1] According to Christian
Christian
tradition, Moses
Moses
was buried on the mountain, although his place of burial is not specified (Deuteronomy 34:6). Some Islamic traditions also stated the same,[2] although there is a grave of Moses
Moses
located at Maqam El-Nabi Musa, 11 km (6.8 mi) south of Jericho
Jericho
and 20 km (12 mi) east of Jerusalem
Jerusalem
in the Judean wilderness.[3] Scholars continue to dispute whether the mountain currently known as Nebo is the same as the mountain referred to in Deuteronomy. According to 2 Maccabees
2 Maccabees
(2:4–7), the prophet Jeremiah
Jeremiah
hid the tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant
Ark of the Covenant
in a cave there. On March 20, 2000, Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II
visited the site during his pilgrimage to the Holy Land.[4] During his visit he planted an olive tree beside the Byzantine chapel as a symbol of peace.[5] Pope Benedict XVI visited the site in 2009, gave a speech, and looked out from the top of the mountain in the direction of Jerusalem.[6] A serpentine cross sculpture (the Brazen Serpent Monument) atop Mount Nebo was created by Italian artist Giovanni Fantoni. It is symbolic of the bronze serpent created by Moses
Moses
in the wilderness (Numbers 21:4–9) and the cross upon which Jesus was crucified (John 3:14). Archaeology[edit] On the highest point of the mountain, Syagha,[7] the remains of a Byzantine church[8] and monastery were discovered in 1933.[9] The church was first constructed in the second half of the 4th century to commemorate the place of Moses' death. The church design follows a typical basilica pattern. It was enlarged in the late fifth century A.D. and rebuilt in A.D. 597. The church is first mentioned in an account of a pilgrimage made by a lady Aetheria in A.D. 394. Six tombs have been found hollowed from the natural rock beneath the mosaic-covered floor of the church. In the modern chapel presbytery, built to protect the site and provide worship space, remnants of mosaic floors from different periods can be seen. The earliest of these is a panel with a braided cross presently placed on the east end of the south wall. The Moses
Moses
Memorial that houses the Byzantine mosaics has been closed for renovation from 2007 to 2016. It reopened on 15 October 2016.[10][11][12] Gallery[edit]

Stone at the entrance of the mount.

Stone marking the entrance to historic Mount Nebo

Plaque showing the distance from Mount Nebo
Mount Nebo
to various locations

Structure protecting excavated remains of a church

Ornate floor mosaics

Baptismal Font

Mosaic
Mosaic
inscription inside (Offering of Caesarion, at the time of Alexios and Theophilos priests)

The Brazen Serpent, Mount Nebo.

Detail of Brazen Serpent statue

Mosaic
Mosaic
at the Basilica
Basilica
of Moses

Nebo Mountain

Nebo Mountain

Mosaics, Nebo Mountain

Mosaics, Nebo Mountain

Mosaics, Nebo Mountain

Mosaics, Nebo Mountain

See also[edit]

Jordan
Jordan
portal

Abarim Mount Nebo, Utah Mount Pisgah (Bible) Nabau Nabi Musa

References[edit]

^ Deuteronomy 34:1-6 ^ Islamic sites in Jordan
Jordan
Archived 2013-11-10 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Amelia Thomas; Michael Kohn; Miriam Raphael; Dan Savery Raz (2010). Israël & the Palestinian Territories. Lonely Planet. p. 319. ISBN 9781741044560.  ^ Pope speaks of 'inseparable' bond between Christians, Jews ^ Piccirillo, Michele (2009). Mount Nebo
Mount Nebo
(Studium Biblicum Franciscanum Guide Books, 2) pp. 107. ^ http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope_benedict_begins_his_pilgrimage_on_mt._nebo/ ^ Also found as "Siyagha" the peak is (710 metres), while the south eastern peak "el-Mukhayyat" is 790 metres. Piccirillo, Michele (2009). Mount Nebo. page 17. ^ "Complete compendium of Mount Nebo". Madain Project. Retrieved 2 April 2018.  ^ Piccirillo, Michele (2009) Mount Nebo
Mount Nebo
(Studium Biblicum Franciscanum Guide Books, 2) pp. 14/15—extract from Sylvester Saller The Memorial of Moses
Moses
on Mount Nebo
Mount Nebo
Jerusalem
Jerusalem
1941, pp. 15–18. ^ " Moses
Moses
Memorial Church". Madain Project. Retrieved 2 April 2018.  ^ http://www.en.abouna.org/en/holylands/memorial-moses-mount-nebo-reopened ^ http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/moses-memorial-reopens-mount-nebo-after-10-years-renovation

Further reading[edit]

Mount Nebo: New Archaeological Excavations: 1967-1997, Michele Piccirillo and Eugenio Alliata

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Mount Nebo.

Franciscans at Mount Nebo Archaeology and Art—photographs of excavations in Jordan Pictures from mount Nebo 1  "Nebo, Mount". New International Encyclo

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