Monut Nebo  “Ras Pisgah”

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_single_image image=”10237″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_outline”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”5/6″][vc_column_text]Mount Nebo is where, according to the Old Testament, Moses saw the land he would never enter. Because this mountain’s connection to the Moses story, it is a prominent place of Christian pilgrimage. In the year 2000, the late Pope John Paul II commemorated the beginning of the new millennium with a spiritual pilgrimage to the Holy Land, starting his visit with prayers in the basilica at Mount Nebo. Mount Nebo was designated as a Jubilee Year 2000 pilgrimage site by the Catholic Church in the Middle East, along with Bethany Beyond the Jordan, Mukawir, Tall Mar Elias and Anjara.

(prophet), Mount, the mountain from which Moses took his first and last view of the promised land. (32:41; 34:1) It is described as in the land of Moab, facing Jericho; the head or summit of a mountain called Pisgah, which again seems to have formed a portion of the general range of Abarim. (Notwithstanding the minuteness of this description, it is only recently that any one has succeeded in pointing out any spot which answers to Nebo. Tristram identifies it with a peak (Jebel Nebbah) of the Abarim or Moab mountains, about three miles southwest of Heshban (Heshbon) and about a mile and a half due west of Baal-meon. “It overlooks the mouth of the Jordan, over against Jericho,” (34:1) and the gentle slopes of its sides may well answer to the “field of Zophim.” (Numbers 23:14) Jebel Nebbah is 2683 feet high, It is not an isolated peak but one of a succession of bare turf-clad eminences, so linked together that the depressions between them were mere hollows rather than valleys. It commands a wide prospect. Prof. Paine, of the American Exploration Society, contends that Jebel Nebbah, the highest point of the range, is Mount Nebo, that Jebel Siaghah, the extreme headland of the hill, is Mount Pisgah, and that “the mountains of Abarim “are the cliffs west of these points, and descending toward the Dead Sea. Probably the whole mountain or range was called sometimes by the name of one peak and sometimes by that of another as is frequently the case with mountains now.

Babylonian name meaning “broadcaster” and it is: One of the mountains of the Abarim mountain range in Moab, opposite Jericho (Numbers 33:47; Deuteronomy 32:49), where Moses stood before his death and began to watch over Palestine (Deuteronomy 34:1). Its peak is called Ras Pisgah. Perhaps it was Mount Al-Naba, eight miles east of the Jordan, where, when the weather is clear, a wide area of the east and west of the Jordan can be seen.

And Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is before Jericho, and the Lord showed him the whole land from Gilead to Dan, 2 and all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah as far as the West Sea, 3 and the south and the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palms, as far as Zoar. . 4 And the Lord said to him, “This is the land which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, ‘To your descendants I will give it. I have shown it to you with your own eyes, but you will not pass over there.” 5 And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord. 6 And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth Peor. And no one knows his grave to this day.

God appointed for Moses the place where he would die (Deuteronomy 32: 49-50). He left the people in the plains of Moab and ascended, as the Lord commanded, to Mount Nebo to the top of the mountain in an area called the Pisgah Pisgah. It seems that “Pisgah” was a name given to the peaks of some mountains. Moses was accustomed to meeting with God on the mountain to receive the law, so even his death took place on Mount Nebo, that is, on a high place, so that he could see by faith what God promised his fathers and what would be fulfilled with his people, so he would rejoice and rejoice in his soul as if he had received the promise himself.

Pisgah means “broken”, meaning a fracture appears on the top of a mountain, and the name may be the summit of Mount Usha.

Moses was in many ways a model servant of the Lord, and his motto was “as the Lord has said.”

The Prophet Moses looked down from the mountain to see Canaan, the Promised Land, and his soul rejoiced at the fulfillment of divine promises, and he raised his gaze above to see the heavenly Canaan.

Indeed, Moses’ eyes did not tire when he was one hundred and twenty years old, but his vision of all of the land of Canaan from the mountain could not have been through natural ability. Rather, God gave him this ability so that his soul would rejoice with what his people would enjoy in the near future.

Moses, the great among the prophets and the first leader of the people, is called here the servant of the Lord or his servant [4]. This title refers to someone who has a special position, such as someone who works in the court of the King of Kings, and who has a special status before God. Abraham, the father of fathers, also enjoyed this title (Genesis 26:24), Joshua the son of Nun (Joshua 24:29), and David, the first righteous king of his people (2 Samuel 7:50). The prophets who were witnesses to the truth also bore the same title (2 Kings 9:7 ).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Mount Nebo is most known for being the site where Moses overlooked the Holy Land but did not enter it and where a church and a monastery were built to honor him. The book of Numbers (33:47) mentions that when the children of Israel moved from Almon Diblathaim they camped in the mountains of Abarim, before Nebo, and that the children of Reuben rebuilt the city (Numbers 32:38).

The city remained with the Moabites, according to Isaiah: “Moab will wail over Nebo and over Medeba; on all their heads will be baldness, and every beard cut off” (Isaiah 15:2-3). The Prophet Jeremiah (48:1) said of Nebo, “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Woe to Nebo! For it is plundered.”

The Prophet Moses “went up from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, which is across from Jericho. And the Lord showed him all the land…” but told him, “you shall not go over there.” (Deuteronomy 34:1-4). “So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD, and he buried him in the valley in the land of Moab opposite Beth-peor; but no one knows the place of his burial to this day.” (Deuteronomy 34:5-6).

In the fourth century three domed buildings were erected in the place of the current altar. The place used to have a hidden passage which contained graves decorated with mosaics. On both sides of the place there were two small churches for performing the burial prayers. The baptistery, which is in the northern section of the site, is decorated with mosaics, while the floor of the southern section is decorated with a large cross.