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Mt. Pisgah Altar


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Source: NYC Wanderer (Kevin Eng)

Mt. Pisgah Altar refers to the biblical Pisgah, usually referring to Mount Nebo. The region is directly east of the Jordan River and just northeast of the Dead Sea. Pisgah is an arid cluster of hilltops on the western edge of the Trans-Jordanian Plateau. Pisgah in Hebrew means "summit" or "peak". In Deuteronomy, God commanded Moses to climb up and view the Promised Land from Mount Nebo:

"Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the LORD showed him the whole land—from Gilead to Dan, all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Mediterranean Sea, the Negev and the whole region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms, as far as Zoar. Then the LORD said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.” (Deuteronomy 34:1–4; NIV 2011)

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