Hermon, Mount

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Hermon, Mount

(hûr`mən), Arabic Jabal Ash Shaykh [mountain of the chief] and Jebel-eth-Thelj [snowy mountain], on the Syria-Lebanon border. The highest of its three peaks (all of which are snow-covered in winter and spring) rises to 9,232 ft (2,814 m). Its seasonal snow melt is important to the headwater flow of the Jordan River. Mt. Hermon, a sacred landmark in ancient Palestine, is mentioned often in the Bible as Hermon, Sion, Senir, and Shenir. The name Baal-Hermon records the reverence in which it was held by the worshipers of Baal. The Romans also revered it, as did the Druze (there is a Druze shrine near Hasbayya). The ancient city of Caesarea PhilippiCaesarea Philippi
, city, N ancient Palestine, at the foot of Mt. Hermon. It was built by Philip the Tetrarch in the 1st cent. A.D. Its site (Paneas) had long been a center for the worship of Pan. Jesus was in the vicinity (Mat. 16.
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 was at its foot. Mt. Hermon is traditionally designated as the scene of the Transfiguration. Israel has possessed Mt. Hermon's southern and western slopes since the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. They are used for winter skiing and as observation points for the Israeli military.
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The Israeli ambulance was carrying two wounded Takfiri militants near the Druze town in the Southern foothills of Jabal al-Shaykh mountain, North of the Golan Heights, when it was raided by more than 150 residents.
The authors then transport their readers to Biblical locations in the Qadisha Valley and Jabal al-Shaykh (known by some as Mount Hermon).