a peak, the eastern prolongation of the Anti-Lebanon range, reaching to the height of about 9,200 feet above the Mediterranean. It marks the north boundary of Palestine
(Deut. 3:8, 4
:48; Josh. 11:3, 17; 13:11; 12:1
), and is seen from a great distance. It is about 40 miles north of the Sea of Galilee.
It is called "the Hermonites" (Ps. 42:6
) because it has more than one summit. The Sidonians called it Sirion,
and the Amorites Shenir
; Cant. 4:8
). It is also called Baal-hermon
; 1 Chr. 5:23
) and Sion
). There is every probability that one of its three summits was the scene of the transfiguration (q.v.). The "dew of Hermon" is referred to (Ps. 89: 12
). Its modern name is Jebel-esh-Sheikh, "the chief mountain." It is one of the most conspicuous mountains in Palestine or Syria.
"In whatever part of Palestine the Israelite turned his eye northward, Hermon
was there, terminating the view. From the plain
along the coast, from the Jordan valley,
from the heights of Moab
from the plateau of Bashan,
the pale, blue,
snow-capped cone forms the one feature in the northern horizon."
and his disciples climbed this "high mountain apart" one day,
and remained on
its summit all night, "weary after their long and toilsome ascent." During the night "he was transfigured before them; and his face
did shine as the sun." The next day they descended to Caesarea Philippi.