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Encyclopedia > Mount Nebo (Jordan)
The Brazen Serpent sculpture
The Brazen Serpent sculpture

Mount Nebo (Arabic: جبل نيبو; transliterated: Jabal Nebo) is an elevated ridge that is approximately 817 metres (2680 feet) above sea level, in what is now western Jordan. 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 city of Jericho is usually visible from the summit, as is Jerusalem on a very clear day. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1200x1800, 1881 KB) Summary The serpentine cross sculpture (the Brazen Serpent Monument) atop Mount Nebo. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1200x1800, 1881 KB) Summary The serpentine cross sculpture (the Brazen Serpent Monument) atop Mount Nebo. ... Arabic (; , less formally, ) is the largest member of the Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family (classification: South Central Semitic) and is closely related to Hebrew and Aramaic. ... For considerations of sea level change, in particular rise associated with possible global warming, see sea level rise. ... Northern part of the Great Rift Valley as seen from space (NASA) The Jordan River today The Jordan River (Hebrew: נהר הירדן nehar hayarden, Arabic: nahr al-urdun) is a river in Southwest Asia flowing through the Great Rift Valley into the Dead Sea. ... Jericho (Arabic أريحا [â–¶]; ʼArīḥā; Hebrew יְרִיחוֹ [â–¶]; Standard Hebrew YÉ™riḥo; Tiberian Hebrew YÉ™rîḫô, YÉ™rîḥô) is a town in the West Bank, near the Jordan River. ... Jerusalem and the Old City. ...


Religious significance

Judaism and Christianity

According to the final chapter of Deuteronomy, Mount Nebo is where the Hebrew prophet Moses was given a view of the promised land that God was giving to the Hebrews. "And Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho." (Deuteronomy 34:1). Deuteronomy is the fifth book of the Hebrew Bible. ... Hebrews (syns. ... Moses or Moshe (מֹשֶׁה, Standard Hebrew , Tiberian Hebrew , Syriac ܡܘܫܐ , Arabic موسى , Ethiopic ሙሴ Musse, Latin ), son of Amram (Imran in Arabic) and his wife, Jochebed, a Levite. ... According to the Bible, the Land of Israel (Hebrew: Eretz Yisrael) was promised to the descendants of Hebrew patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob by God, making it the Promised Land. ... God is the term used to denote the Supreme Being believed by the vast majority [1] [2] to be the creator, ruler and/or the sum total of, existence. ... Mount Pisgah Some traslators translate Pisga as a name of a mountain, usually refering to Mount Nebo. ... Jericho (Arabic أريحا [▶]; ʼArīḥā; Hebrew יְרִיחוֹ [▶]; Standard Hebrew Yəriḥo; Tiberian Hebrew Yərîḫô, Yərîḥô) is a town in the West Bank, near the Jordan River. ...

According to Jewish and Christian tradition, Moses was buried on this mountain by God himself, and his final resting place is unknown. Scholars continue to dispute whether the mountain currently known as Nebo is the same as the mountain referred to in the Torah. // The word Jew (Hebrew: יהודי transliterated: Yehudi) is used in many ways, but generally refers to a follower of Judaism, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity; and often a combination of these attributes. ... As a noun, Christian is an appellation and moniker deriving from the appellation Christ, which many people associate exclusively with Jesus of Nazareth. ... Torah (תורה) is a Hebrew word meaning teaching, instruction, or law. ...


Islamic belief holds that Musa (Moses) was buried not on the mountain but a few kilometres to the west, somewhere beyond the River Jordan. Islām is described as a dīn, meaning way of life and/or guidance. Six articles of belief There are six basic beliefs shared by all Muslims: 1. ... This article is about the Jordan River in western Asia. ...


On the highest point of the mountian, Syagha, the remains of a church and monastary have been uncovered. The church, discovered in 1933, was 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. 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Basilica of St. ... Events Saint Augustine is created Archbishop of Canterbury. ... Events September 6 - Battle of the Frigidus: The christian Roman Emperor Theodosius I defeats and kills the pagan usurper Eugenius and his Frankish magister militum Arbogast. ...

Six tombs have been found hollowed from the natural rock beneath the mosaic-covered floor of the church. In the present presbytery you can see remnants of mosaic floors from different periods. The earliest of these is a panel with a braided cross presently placed on the east end of the south wall.

Recent history

On March 19, 2000, Pope John Paul II visited the site during his pilgrimage to the Holy Land (Mount Nebo being one of the most important Christian sites in Jordan). During his visit he planted an olive tree beside the Byzantine chapel as a symbol of peace. March 19 is the 78th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (79th in leap years). ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Pope John Paul II (Latin: ), born Karol Józef Wojtyła (May 18, 1920 – April 2, 2005) reigned as pope of the Catholic Church for almost 27 years, from 16 October 1978 until his death, making his the third-longest pontificate. ... For the Italian political alliance see Olive Tree, and the color, olive (color). ...

The 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 in the wilderness (Numbers 21:4-9) and the cross upon which Jesus was crucified (John 3:14).

See also

Nabau (Nabo, Nebo) is a town mentioned in several passages of the Old Testament: Numbers 32:3; Jeremias 48:1, 22; I Chronicles 5:8; Isaias 15:2, etc. ...




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