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EBAL . 1. Name of a son of Joktan ( 1 Chronicles 1:22 , in Genesis 10:28 Obal ), probably representing a place or tribe in Arabia. 2. A son of Shobal son of Seir ( Genesis 36:23 , 1 Chronicles 1:40 ).

EBAL . Now Jebel esh-Shemali , a mountain north of Nablus (Shechem), 1207 ft. above the valley, 3077 ft. above the sea. Ruins of a fortress and of a building called a ‘little church’ exist on its summit, as well as a Mohammedan shrine said to contain the skull of John the Baptist. The mountain commands an extensive view over almost the whole of Galilee, which includes points from Hermon to Jerusalem and from the sea to the Hauran. On this mountain Joshua built an altar and erected a monument bearing the law of Moses ( Joshua 8:30 ); and the curses for breaches of the moral law were here proclaimed to the assembled Israelites on their formally taking possession of the Promised Land ( Deuteronomy 11:29; Deuteronomy 27:4; Deuteronomy 27:13 , Joshua 8:33 ).

R. A. S. Macalister.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Ebal'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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