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Mount Tabor

Mt. Tabor sits at the eastern end of the Jezreel Valley, 11 miles (17 km) west of the Sea of Galilee. Its elevation at the summit is 1,843 feet (575 m) high.

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Early Church fathers believed that the Transfiguration took place on Mt. Tabor, including Cyril of Jerusalem (in 348) and Jerome. Eusebius was uncertain if it took place on Mt. Tabor or on Mt. Hermon. However, sacred scripture places Jesus and the disciples in the region of Caesarea Philippi just prior to the Transfiguration. Mount Hermon is closer to this region. In addition, it is thought by some scholars that the summit of Mount Tabor would have been fortified at the time, thus rendering it an unlikely location.

The Franciscan Church on Mount Tabor was built in 1924. Matthew 17: 1-9