Mount Gilboa

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Mount Gilboa
Scenery on Mount Gilboa

Mount Gilboa (Hebrew: הר הגלבוע, Har haGilboa‎), sometimes called the Mountains of Gelboe, is a mountain range overlooking the Jezreel Valley in northern Israel. Meaning of Gilboa is boiling springs; bubbling fountains; agitated pools explosion water from the rock, and that meaning is same as the Arabic meaning of village Faqqua.[1]


In the Bible, King Saul, Israel's first monarch, led a charge against the Philistines at Mount Gilboa. The battle ends with the king falling on his own sword and Jonathan (Saul's son) being killed in battle. David, who returns to the site after the battle, curses the mountain: "Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew nor rain upon you, neither fields of choice fruits; for there the shield of the mighty was vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, not anointed with oil" (II Samuel 1:21).[2]


The formation extends from southeast to northwest, bordering the highlands of the West Bank and the Beit She'an valley. The Green Line between Israel and the West Bank runs south and west of the ridge.

Flora and fauna[edit]

Gilboa iris

Every year, Irus Ha-Gilboa, a purple iris, blooms on the mountain. Two nature reserves have been declared on the Gilboa ridge; The Irus Ha-Gilboa nature reserve in 1970, covering 7,280 dunams (728 ha) and the eastern Gilboa reserve in 2005, covering 18,290 dunams (1,829 ha).[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ .meaning Gilboa
  2. ^ Panoramic views from Mt. Gilboa
  3. ^ "List of National Parks and Nature Reserves" (in Hebrew). Israel Nature and Parks Authority. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 

Coordinates: 32°26′02″N 35°24′52″E / 32.43389°N 35.41444°E / 32.43389; 35.41444