Mount Hermon from the Damascus Road

Mount Hermon is the southern end of the Anti-Lebanon mountain range. The mountain is about 20 miles long and has three peaks. At 9,232 feet above sea level it is the highest mountain of Canaan, or Roman Syria, named in the Bible. The mountain now is shared by the countries of Lebanon, Syria, and Israel. The photo below shows mount Hermon from the east, a few miles south of Damascus toward Quneitra. This is roughly the route of the famous Damascus Road taken by Paul as he went from Jerusalem to Damascus. This photo was made the middle of May, 2002. There was more snow on the west side of the mountain in Lebanon than you see here.

View of Mount Hermon from the East. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins 2002.

View of Mount Hermon from the East. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins 2002.

The first biblical reference to Mount Hermon is found in Moses’ account of the Israelite conquest of transjordan (Deuteronomy 3:8). He says that Israel took the land from the hand of two Amorite kings “from the valley of Arnon to Mount Hermon.” The Sidonians, of ancient Phoenicia, called the mountain Sirion, and the Amorites called it Senir (Deuteronomy 3:9). The half-tribe of Manasseh lived in the area of Bashan which is south of Mount Hermon (1 Chronicles 5:23). The Mountain of Bashan is probably a reference to Mount Hermon (Psalm 68:15). Hermon is mentioned in four references in the poetic books of the Old Testament (Psalm 42:6; 89:12; 133:3; Song of Solomon 4:8).

The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours; the world and all that is in it, you have founded them. The north and the south, you have created them; Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name. (Psalm 89:11-12 ESV)

This post is a slightly revised post from 2009, but the photo is a new one digitized from a slide made in 2002.

One response to “Mount Hermon from the Damascus Road

  1. Firstly thanks for the tremendous photographs and comments on biblical places. I believe that Mount Bashan is more likely to be found in modern Jebel el Arab or Jebel el Druze in the plains of Bashan in southern Syria. Although Og controlled the area from Ashtaroth Karnaim, his territory extended to the edge of Argob / Trachonitis to the north and to Mount Bashan in the east which mountain marks geographically the margins of the wilderness extending from the Euphrates. The town adjacent to Mount Bashan then includes Kenath or Qanawat which is described as being in Bashan-Havoth-Jair Deut 3;14 indicating that Bashan extended this far east. Incidentially the southern boundary runs almost exactly with the current Syrian-Jordanian border intersecting at Salcah and Edrei (Da’ara)

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