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Altar on Mt Ebal
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Mountain north of Shechem in the Manasseh hill country of central Samaria. In the Bible, Ebal is often associated with Gerizim, curses, and Israel’s covenant renewal ceremony (Deut 11:29; 27:4, 13; Josh 8:30, 33).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Ebal, Mount (Place)
EBAL, MOUNT (PLACE) [Heb har ʿêbāl (הַר עֵיבָל)]. A large mountain located just N of Shechem in the central Samaria mountains, often paired in the Bible with Mt. Gerizim immediately S of Shechem. One of the highest peaks in the area, Mt. Ebal descends to the E in four large steps, which continue to
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ebal, Mount. Mountain just over 3000 feet high in the central hill country of Israel. Mt Gerizim is usually mentioned with it (Dt 11:29; 27:13; Jos 8:33). There is no certain known meaning to the word. It is quite unlikely that it was connected in any way with a son of Shobal, whose name is spelled the
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
EBAL, MOUNT Mountain just over 3,000 feet (914.4 meters) high in the central hill country of Israel. Mt Gerizim is usually mentioned with it (Dt 11:29; 27:13; Jos 8:33). There is no certain known meaning to the word. It is quite unlikely that it was connected in any way with a son of Shobal, whose name
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Ebal, Mount, the peak, 3,109 feet above sea level, forming the north side of the Shechem pass opposite Mount Gerizim, in the Samaritan hills. On or at Ebal, Joshua was to erect an altar and memorial stones (Josh. 8:30–35; Deut. 27:1–8), features of an ancient covenant ceremony noted in Deut. 11:29; 27:11–26.
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
EBAL, MOUNT. The northern, and higher, of two mountains which overshadowed Shechem, the modern Nablus. It lies N of the Vale of Shechem, 427 m above the valley and 938 m above sea-level. The space between Ebal and its neighbour Gerizim, S of the vale, provides a natural amphitheatre with wonderful acoustic
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Ebal (Heb. ʿêḇāl) (PLACE)A mountain just N of Shechem across the valley from Mt. Gerizim and rising 933 m. (3061 ft.) above sea level. Moses commanded the Israelites to build an altar on Mt. Ebal (the Samaritan Pentateuch reads “Mt. Gerizim”) when they had crossed the Jordan, and to make a sacrifice
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
EBAL (MOUNT) A hill rising 2.900 feet above sea level, north of Shechem and opposite Mount Gerizim. Joshua built an altar of unhewn stones on its summit, as he had been commanded by Moses (Josh. 8:30–2). The tribes of Israel then assembled on the slopes of Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim, half on each,
Catholic Bible Dictionary
EBAL A large mountain in central Samaria, opposite Mount Gerizim, to the south of Shechem. One of the highest mountains in central Palestine (2,950 feet or 900 meters), Mount Ebal was the site where Moses was commanded to renew the covenant (Deut 11:29–32; 27:11–26). According to the ritual (Josh 8:30–35;
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
E´bal, Mount, a mount in the promised land, on which the Israelites were to “put” the curse which should fall upon them if they disobeyed the commandments of Jehovah. The blessing consequent on obedience was to be similarly localized on Mount Gerizim. Deut. 11:26–29. Ebal and Gerizim are the mounts which