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A mountain ridge, the northern part of the Abarim range, east of the Dead Sea; Nebo was one of its summits, De 32:49; 34:1. It was in the southern part of the kingdom of Sihon, Nu 21:20; 23:24; and afterwards belonged to the Reubenites, Jos 12:3; 13:20.

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a part, a mountain summit in the land of Moab, in the territory of Reuben, where Balak offered up sacrifices (Nu 21:20; 23:14), and from which Moses viewed the promised land (De 3:27). It is probably the modern Jebel Siaghah. (See Nebo.)

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A ridge of the Abarim mountains W. from Heshbon. Nebo was a town on, or near, that ridge, lying on its western slope (Nu 21:20; 32:3,38; De 32:49; 34:1). From Pisgah, Israel gained their first view of the Dead Sea and Jordan valley; hence Moses too viewed the land of promise. The correct designation for the mount is not "Nebo" (which has become usual for convenience sake) but "the mountain adjoining Nebo." In Scripture Nebo denotes only the town (Isa 15:2; Jer 48:1-22). The uniform peakless nature of Pisgah caused its parts to be distinguished only by the names of the adjacent villages. It always has the article "THE Pisgah" E. of Jordan, near "the field of Moab, opposite Jericho." The field of Zophim was on it Ashsoth-Pisgah; De 3:17. (See ASHDOTH-PISGAH.)

Pisgah is derived from paasag "to divide," a detached range of Abarim. Tristram from a point about 4,500 ft. high, three miles S.W. of Heshbon and one and a half W. of Main, saw to the N. and E. the Gilead hills, and the vast Belka ocean of grain and grass; to the S., Her and Seir of Arabia; to the W., the Dead Sea and Jordan valley and the familiar objects near Jerusalem; and over Jordan, Gerizim's round top, and further the Esdraelon plain and the shoulder of Carmel; to the N. rose Tabor's outline, Gilboa and little Hermon (jebel Duhy); in front rose Ajlun's dark forests, ending in Mount Gilead, behind Es Salt (Ramoth Gilead) The name Pisgah survives only on the N.W. end of the Dead Sea, in the Ras el Feshkah (Hebrew: Rosh ha-Pisgah, "top of Pisgah"). Jebel Siugah ("fragment") probably answers to Pisgah. It is "over against Jericho," and the view corresponds. It is a fragment cut off by declivities on all sides, and separated from Nebo by the wady Haisa.

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A mountain in the region of Moab, with a commanding view over both the desert (Nu 21:20) and Western Palestine. Hither the Israelites journeyed from Bamoth, and there took place the extraordinary episode of Balaam, who on the top of Pisgah built seven altars (Nu 23:14). Its principal distinction, however, is its being the scene of Moses' vision of the Promised Land (De 3:27; 34:1) and of his death. It fell into the territory of Reuben (Jos 13:20 [AV Ashdoth-pisgah, as in Jos 12:3 and De 3:17; RV in all three 'slopes (mg. 'springs') or Pisgah']).

An alternative name for Pisgah is Neho (wh. see), referred to in De 32:49 as the scene of the death of Moses. The latter name is preserved by Jebel Neb

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Mountain on the east of the Jordan. Balaam offered sacrifices there, and it was the spot from which Moses viewed the promised land, and near to which he died. It was associated with Nebo (q.v.), and was said to be 'over against Jericho.' Nu 21:20; 23:14; De 3:27; 4:49; 34:1. The peak called Ras Siaghah, 31 46' N, 35 43' E, is probably the site.

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(section, i.e. peak),

Nu 21:20; 23:14; De 3:27; 34:1

a mountain range or district, the same as or a part of, that called the mountains of Abarim. Comp.

De 32:49

with Deut 34:1 It lay on the east of Jordan contiguous to the field of Moab, and immediately opposite Jericho. Its highest point or summit --its "head"--was Mount Nebo. [See NEBO]

See Nebo

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PISGAH, a part of Mount Nebo, so called, being, in all probability, a distinct, and most likely the highest, summit of that mountain. Here Moses climbed to view the land of Canaan; and here he died.