Search
Close this search box.

Mount Tabor Religious Importance

So let’s begin by saying that Mount Tabor Religious Importance is central in Jewish tradition. First, because of its prominent shape and being observed from a distance. So that’s why Mount Tabor served in the Bible as a symbol of power. For example. the prophet Jeremiah presents Mount Tabor as an expression of great power; describing the coming of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to strike Egypt:


“It shall come to pass in the mountains, and the caramel shall come in the day”
(Jeremiah, chapter 16, verse 18).

In the description of the creation of the world in the Book of Psalms, it is written:

“North and right you have created them, Mount Tabor and Mount Hermon in your name we will rejoice”
(Book of Psalms, chapter five, verse thirteen).

The verse expresses the power of God and the act of creation, His name and greatness are carried from the top of the prominent mountains.

On the other hand, the Tabor is known as one of the mountains on which Israel sacrificed to idols, as implied in the prophecy of Hosea the prophet: “For ye have been a snare to Mizpeh, and a net spread out on Mount Tabor” (Hosea, chapter five, verse one). This tradition was also preserved in the Midrashim, according to which the Tabor was rejected as a place of giving Torah because of it, as it is written in Genesis Raba.

Mount Tabor Religious Importance In Christian Tradition

So on top of the mountain are two Christian churches. According to Christian tradition, on Mount Tabor, the Transfiguration of Jesus took place; during which he climbed with some of his disciples to the top of a high mountain. Then he talked there with Moses and Elijah the prophet who told him of his impending death. The three synoptic Gospels do not identify the mountain on which the event took place in its name, and it was first identified as Mount Tabor in the 5th century.

arik-about

Hi! My name is Arik, an Israeli native who dedicated his life to sharing my passion for the Holy Land with those interested in knowing more about this incredible piece of land. I’m the Chief Guide at ‘APT Private Tours in Israel’.

Did you know the Hoopoe is Israel's national bird?! For more cool info about Israel, join our ever growing community and get exclusive travel tips, and giveaways!

Simon Peter

RELATED POSTS

Haredi Judaism

Haredi Judaism consists of groups within Orthodox Judaism characterized by a strict adherence to Jewish law and traditions; as opposed to modern values and practices. ...

The Book of Genesis

The Book of Genesis is the book of beginnings. The Book of the origins of things the beginning of human culture and the people of ...

Western Wall

The Western Wall, Also known as the Wailing Wall, often shortened to 'The Kotel' is an ancient limestone wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The Last Supper

The Last Supper is the final meal that; in the Gospel accounts; Jesus shared with his apostles in Jerusalem before his crucifixion. The Last Supper provides the scriptural basis for the Eucharist; also known ...

Camels in the Bible

Camels in the Bible were not only a symbol of the ancient nomadic way of life but also played a pivotal role in Biblical accounts.

Shavuot

Shavuot is a time of spiritual reflection, study, and joyful celebration, and it is marked by various customs and traditions.

Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer, also called the Our Father, is a central Christian prayer which, according to the New Testament, Jesus taught as the way to pray: Pray then in this way … (Matthew ...

Eye of Providence

Now, what is the eye of providence? First I am sure you saw this symbol. I'm referring to the eye there on top of the ...

The Wedding at Cana

The wedding in Cana, recorded in John 2, is a powerful event in the New Testament that holds immense significance for Christians today.

Al-Buraq

The mythological creature al-Buraq is the creature that carried Muhammad from Mecca to Jerusalem. The Buraq which means in Arabic lightning.

Need help?

Skip to content