After the episode at Banyas, Jesus went to a high mountain where he was transfigured. Although none of the Gospels say where this occurred, one tradition holds that it was on nearby Mount Hermon, the highest peak in the Near East. Most, however, prefer to place the event at Mount Tabor (See pages 78-9). Called the Sarion in Biblical times, the Hermon is actually not one mountain but an eighteen-and-a-half-mile long chain of peaks, the highest reaching over 9,200 feet (2,790m). For almost half the year its summit can be seen from up to 60 miles away and is usually covered with snow. The snow provides one third of the country’s drinking water – and all its skiing.
*And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter and James and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. Mark 9:2
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