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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible

Pisgah

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PISGAH . A mountain in the region of Moab, with a commanding view over both the desert ( Numbers 21:20 ) and Western Palestine. Hither the Israelites journeyed from Bamoth, and there took place the extraordinary episode of Balaam, who on the top of Pisgah built seven altars ( Numbers 23:14 ). Its principal distinction, however, is its being the scene of Moses’ vision of the Promised Land ( Deuteronomy 3:27; Deuteronomy 34:1 ) and of his death. It fell into the territory of Reuben ( Joshua 13:20 [AV [Note: Authorized Version.] Ashdoth-pisgah , as in Joshua 12:3 and Deuteronomy 3:17; RV [Note: Revised Version.] in all three ‘slopes (mg. ‘springs’) or Pisgah’]).

An alternative name for Pisgah is Neho (wh. see), referred to in Deuteronomy 32:49 as the scene of the death of Moses. The latter name is preserved by Jebel Nebâ , a range whose summit reaches a height of 2643 feet and commands a view of a large part of Western Palestine. It Isaiah 5 miles S.W. of Heshbon, and runs westward from the Moabite plateau.

R. A. S. Macalister.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Pisgah'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdb/p/pisgah.html. 1909.

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