Mount Precipice

Mount Precipice

Mount of Precipice

Mount Precipice - Nazareth, Israel

Mount Precipice is a cliff near the city of Nazareth in Israel. Above is the view down from the top. It looks steep because it is, as the 1,000 foot plunge is almost straight down. Since "precipice" means, "a very steep cliff," Mount Precipice lives up to its name.

Does it live up to its fame?

Mount Precipice became famous after the Catholic church said it was the place where the Jews in Nazareth synagogue, enraged at Jesus' reminder of how God at times blessed the gentiles more than the Jews,* led Jesus with the intent to throw him over the edge.

Is Mount Precipice really "the brow of the hill" mentioned in Luke chapter 4*?

There is a possibility of it being that brow but it is extremely unlikely for five reasons.

1.  According to the Bible, Nazareth was built on that hill: "the brow of the hill on which the town was built."* Nazareth is a much larger town today than it was 2,000 years ago, yet the urban spread has yet to reach Mount Precipice, so there is still no town built on this hill.

2.  While a 1,000 foot drop will kill a man, so will a 50 foot drop. The area in and around Nazareth is still rugged and has many cliffs with a 50+ foot drop, including en route to Mount Precipice.

3.  During the time of Jesus, Israel was under the Roman rule, which allowed only the Romans to execute anyone. Throwing Jesus over a cliff would have been a spur-of-the moment crime of passion to be committed at the nearest available hilltop.

4.  The old synagogue of Nazareth, marked with the white arrow below, is about 2 kilometers from Mount Precipice. Most of the leaders of the synagogue would have been old men for whom trudging up and down the rugged terrain to reach Mount Precipice would have been difficult.

Mount Precipice

5.  An angry mob marching for 2 kilometers would have caught the attention of Nazareth's Roman garrison, which would have intervened and upheld Roman law.

What isn't in dispute?

The eyesore of the crass pillar and cubes (below) left by some pillars of North American Christianity, including a bingo parlor and a casino (inset), that apparently financed the Mount Precipice "lookout."

Mount Precipice

What are the Biblically authentic sites in Israel?

Golgotha, Jesus' Tomb, Wailing Wall, Hezekiah's Tunnel and Gihon Spring in Jerusalem, and Nazareth Village. See below for others.

* Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region. And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord." Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing." So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, "Is this not Joseph’s son?" He said to them, "You will surely say this proverb to Me, 'Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in Your country.'" Then He said, "Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country. But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land; but to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath, in the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian." So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff. Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way. (Luke 4:14-30)