Water melting from Hermon's peak feeds streams that eventually come together to form the Jordan River. Around Mount Hermon, many of the human tribes took on the Nephilim names of the Giants of which they were mixed with genetically, especially in the Promised Land and immediate areas. Mount Hermon has long marked the northern border of the Promised Land as mentioned in Deuteronomy 4:48, Joshua 11:17, 1 Chronicles 5:23, and Psalm 42:6. To cite this article click here for a list of acceptable citing formats.The history of earlier contributions by wikipedians is accessible to researchers here: The history of this article since it was imported to New World Encyclopedia: Note: Some restrictions may apply to use of individual images which are separately licensed. Mount Hermon has seasonal snow which covers all three of its peaks for most of the year, especially in winter and spring. The high places of Mount Hermon were apparently used by the Canaanites, who referred to the mountain as Mount Ba'al-Hermon (Judges 3:3). Prior to this unique miracle the Lord and all his disciples were in Caesarea Philippi which is located close to the northern Israelite city of Dan (Matthew 16:13, Mark 8:27). The Philistine champion Goliath—who, like Og, was descended from a giant named Rapha—and several other huge warriors mentioned in the Bible were also thought to be related to these legendary beings originating from Mount Hermon. Mizraim continued to move southward into Egypt. Psalm 89:12The north and the south thou hast created them: Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy name. Song of Solomon 4:8Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse, with me from Lebanon: look from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon, from the lions' dens, from the mountains of the leopards. Mount Herman forms one of the most important geographic resources of the area. . These merge to become the Jordan River. Psalm 133:3As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. Most who read the Old Testament may not realize but most of the ancient … In Israel, Mount Hermon is also known as "the eyes of the nation" because its altitude makes it Israel's primary strategic early warning system. . . Mount Hermon (Hebrew: הר חרמון, Har Hermon; Arabic: جبل الشيخ, Jabal el-Shaiykh—"snowy mountain" or "mountain of the chief") is a mountain in the Anti-Lebanon mountain range. The summit of Mount Hermon is on the border between Syria and Lebanon, and is under Syrian control. There, Jesus revealed to them his purpose to build his church and to go to Jerusalem to die and be resurrected (Matthew 16:18-21). It was also known as Mount Siyon (Deuteronomy 4:48). Mount Hermon marked the northern limits of the Promised Land conquered by Joshua (Deuteronomy 3:8; Joshua 11:17; 12:1; 13:5). The total area consisted of around 12,000 square miles, from Syria in the east to the Mediterranean Sea in the west, and from Mount Hermon in the north to the Arabian Desert in the south. In the described division of the Promised Land by the twelve tribes it is interesting that no tribe was allotted land from beyond Mount Hermon up to the river Euphrates. These works describe the Nephilim as being gigantic in stature, with prodigious strength and immense appetites. In the apocryphal Book of Enoch, Mount Hermon is the place where the Grigori ("Watcher") class of fallen angels descended to Earth. These two words, found in Deuteronomy 3:9, 1Chronicles 5:23, Song of Solomon 4:8 and Ezekiel 27:5 both mean "to be pointed, peak or snow mountain.". . This snow-capped mountain is also where the Jordan River begins. Mount Hermon (Arabic: جبل الشيخ or جبل حرمون‎ / ALA-LC: Jabal al-Shaykh ("Mountain of the Sheikh") or Jabal Haramun; Hebrew: הַר חֶרְמוֹן‎, Har Hermon) is a mountain cluster constituting the southern end of the Anti-Lebanon mountain range. Canaan settled in the area of Mount Hermon and southward into the territory that was to become Abraham‟s Promised Land. The ski resort has a ski school, ski patrol, and several restaurants. Deuteronomy 4:47 - 48And they possessed his land, and the land of Og king of Bashan, two kings of the Amorites, which were on this side Jordan toward the sunrising; From Aroer, which is by the bank of the river Arnon, even unto mount Sion, which is Hermon. However, Psalm 89:12 reports that Mount Hermon was also dedicated to the Israelite God, for "Hermon sing(s) for joy at your name." Credit is due under the terms of this license that can reference both the New World Encyclopedia contributors and the selfless volunteer contributors of the Wikimedia Foundation. The Syrian government recently unveiled plans to develop a multi-billion dollar ski resort on the higher Syrian slopes of the mountain.[1]. Mount Hermon, at a height of 9,232 feet (2,814 meters), is the highest point in modern Syria. The spurious book of Enoch, purported to be the writings of Noah's great-grandfather, was likely written from 300 to 100 B.C. The mountain served as the northern boundary of the land promised to the Israelites (Deuteronomy 3:8). Joshua 13:1, 5, 7, 11Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the LORD said unto him, Thou art old and stricken in years, and there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed . Coincidentally, Mount Hermon has three peaks, and Ham‟s Most of its members participate in a Maronite mass celebrated on the mountaintop. Mount Hermon has Israel's only ski resort, including a wide range of ski trails at novice, intermediate, and expert levels. Mount Hermon. Mount Hermon was significant in the Bible for a few reasons. Some of the Nephilim reportedly survived the Flood (Numbers 13:33), and their lineage was thought to be preserved in the race of giants that spawned such champions as Og of Bashan, whose territory included Mount Hermon. And the land of the Giblites, and all Lebanon, toward the sunrising, from Baalgad under mount Hermon unto the entering into Hamath . And Gilead, and the border of the Geshurites and Maachathites, and all mount Hermon, and all Bashan unto Salcah . Joshua chapters 13-21 describe the division of the land. The southern slopes of the mountain came under Israeli control following the Six-Day War in 1967. Since 1996, a small Lebanese group has climbed to the top of Mount Hermon annually for the feast of Jesus' Transfiguration on August 6. The mountains' springs, as well as the mountain itself, are much contested by the nations of the region. Hermon marked the northern-most territory conquered by the Israelites (Deuteronomy 3:8, Joshua 11:17). Hermon marked the northern-most territory conquered by the Israelites (Deuteronomy 3:8, Joshua 11:17). The mount is located roughly 16 miles (25.7 kilometers) northeast of Caesarea Philippi. Additionally, the runoff facilitates fertile plant life below the snow line, where vineyards and pine, oak, and poplar trees are abundant. Their mutual agreement, bound by a curse, was stated to take place on Mount Hermon (Enoch 6:1 - 6). Since 1981, the Israeli region of Mount Hermon has been governed under Golan Heights Law. Joshua 11:15 - 17As the LORD commanded Moses his servant, so did Moses command Joshua, and so did Joshua; he left nothing undone of all that the LORD commanded Moses. The entire range covers an area of about 1000 square km, of which about 70 square km are under Israeli control. This article abides by terms of the Creative Commons CC-by-sa 3.0 License (CC-by-sa), which may be used and disseminated with proper attribution. Those who operate the Hermon Ski area live in the nearby Israeli settlement of Neve Ativ and the Druze town of Majdal Shams. Its highest point is 2,814 m (9,230 feet) above sea level. From Caesarea Philippi, "Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves" (Matthew 17:1). Its adjacent peak, at 2,236 m, is the highest elevation in Israel. . It is also the strategic high ground overlooking Lebanon, Syria, and Israel. Because of its height, it captures a great deal of precipitation in a very dry area of the world. Mount Hermon is thus a possible site—indeed, it is considered by many to be by far the most likely location—of the Mount of Transfiguration, where the disciples witnessed Jesus' colloquy with the spirits of Moses and Elijah.