Where did the Transfiguration Occur?

Where is the high mountain of the transfiguration? Church tradition places the event on Mount Tabor, but the Gospels point to another location.


The story of the transfiguration began when Yeshua “brought them up alone with him on a high mountain” (Mark 9:2). Mountains are a common place to seek divine revelation. The Master enjoyed heights, often praying on hilltops and teaching on hilltops. He slipped off for prayer by Himself. He was accustomed to praying alone on a hilltop through the night. At other times, He rose early in the morning to pray at some remote location where He could pour His heart out before the Father in privacy. On that particular evening, He wanted to spend the night in prayer, but He did not go alone. He decided to take His closest disciples with Him. “He took along Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray” (Luke 9:28).

The gospels do not indicate the location of the high mountain that the Master chose. Early church tradition places the transfiguration on Mount Tabor, a prominent hill at the eastern end of the Jezreel valley, not far from Nazareth. During the Byzantine period, Christians began to make pilgrimage to Mount Tabor to remember the miracle. Byzantine Christians erected churches and monasteries atop the hill. (Click to Site)

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