Are the Arbel Cliffs the Mount of Transfiguration? Yaakov Naumi/Flash90

Are the Arbel Cliffs the Mount of Transfiguration?

Most Bible readers, pilgrims and tourists point to the symmetrical Mount Tabor in the Jezreel (Armageddon) Valley as the site where the Transfiguration of the Lord Yeshua (Jesus) took place.


In the Gospel of Matthew (17:1-3), we read:

Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.

While the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) only mention that the episode happened on a high mountain, without providing the specific name of the place, Christians have identified the Transfiguration location with a variety of topographic points.

Many Church Fathers have categorically stated that the bell-shaped Mount Tabor was the authentic holy place where the glorified change in the Messiah’s appearance occurred; and today, this remains the main place of pilgrimage. Other theologians, however, suggested the summit of Mount Hermon on the Golan Heights. A...


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