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Mount Nebo

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(Septuagint: Nabau).

A mountain of the Abarim range east of Jordan and the Dead Sea, from which Moses surveyed the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 32:49), and where he died (Deuteronomy 34:1-5). The same is probably mentioned in the wanderings in Numbers 33:47: "And departing from Helmondeblathaim, they came to the mountains of Abarim over against Nabo" (Hebrew Nebo), though here the reference may be to the town (see NABO). The location of Mount Nebo is doubtful. A comparison of Deuteronomy 3:27 (cf. Numbers 27:12) with Deuteronomy 32:49 indicates that the "top of Phasga" and Nebo were variant names referring to the same spot. Difficulty arises in that from no point of the Abarim range does it seem possible to behold all the territory mentioned in Deuteronomy 34:1-3, especially if the "furthermost sea" means the Mediterranean, as in Deuteronomy 11:24. By some Nebo is identified with the modern Jebel Neba, an oblong ridge on an elevated plateau five miles southwest of Hesebon, 2700 feet above sea level.


HUMMELAUER, Comment. in Deut. (Paris, 1901), 211, 533, 560 sqq.; GEIKIE, Hours with the Bible, VI (New York, 1899); 150; DRIVER in Internat. Crit. Comment. (New York, 1895), Deuteronomy, Chap. xxxiv.

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Obstat, Nihil. Lafort, Remy, Censor. Entry for 'Mount Nebo'. The Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company. New York. 1914.

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