Mount Hor

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Mount Hor (Hebrew: הֹר הָהָר, Hor Ha-Har) is the name given in the Old Testament to two distinct mountains. One borders the land of Edom (on the eastern shore of the Dead Sea in modern-day Jordan), and the other is by the Mediterranean Sea at the Northern border of the Land of Israel.

Mount Hor in Edom[edit]

Mt. Hor

This Mount Hor is situated "in the edge of the land of Edom" (Numbers 20:23 and 33:37) and was the scene of Aaron's divestiture, death and burial.[1] Since Josephus' time it has been identified with the Jebel Nebi Harun ("Mountain of the Prophet Aaron" in Arabic), a twin-peaked mountain 4780 feet above sea-level (6072 feet above the Dead Sea) in the Edomite Mountains on the east side of the Jordan-Arabah valley. On the summit is a shrine, the Tomb of Aaron, said to cover the grave of Aaron.

Some investigators at the turn of the 20th century dissented from this identification: for example, Henry Clay Trumbull preferred the Jebel Madara, a peak northwest of 'Ain Kadis.

Mt. Harun

Northern Mount Hor[edit]

Another Mount Hor is mentioned in the Book of Numbers,[2] defining the northern boundary of the Land of Israel. It is traditionally identified as the Nur or Amanus Mountains.[3]


  1. ^ Numbers 20:22-28
  2. ^ Num. 34:7-8.
  3. ^ Joseph H. Hertz ed., The Pentateuch and Haftorahs: Hebrew Text English Translation and Commentary Edition: 2, Soncino Press, 1988

Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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