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The Transfiguration
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Painting of the Transfiguration with Jesus Shining Like the Sun.
The Transfiguration with Jesus Shining Like the Sun

Quick Overview of the Transfiguration of Jesus

The main Bible Verses for the Transfiguration are: Matt 17:1-9; Mark 9:2-9; Luke 9:28-36.

After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John up onto the mountain to pray. He suddenly became transfigured in glory, and Moses and Elijah appeared talking to him about his death. A cloud overshadowed them all, and a voice from the cloud spoke saying, "This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!" The disciples were terribly frightened, and did not understand.

Background of The Transfiguration

After Jesus had done many miracles in the Galilee region he went into the surrounding territories and over to the cities of Tyre and Sidon along the coast. He also journeyed over to the cities of the Decapolis and finally up to Caesarea Philippi in the far north near Mount Hermon. He then asked his disciples who they thought he was and as they were guessing Peter said "Thou art the Christ (Messiah) son of the living God. Around six days after Jesus revealed to his disciples that he was "The Christ, the son of the living God" he took Peter, James, and John up into a high mountain to pray and was transfigured before them. They were heavy with sleep but when they woke up they saw His face shining like the sun, and his garments white as snow. They also saw Moses and Elijah talking with him and they became filled with fear, and as the two men were parting from them Peter spoke, "Master it is good for us to be here, let us make 3 tabernacles, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." As he was speaking a bright cloud overshadowed them and a voice spoke out of the cloud, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him." When the disciples heard this they were terrified and fell on their faces, and Jesus came and touched them and the vision went away and they saw only Jesus. As they were coming down from the mountain Jesus said to them, "Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead." Peter reminisces back to this event around 40 years later:

2 Peter 1:16-18 - For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount

The Transfiguration - Topics and Definitions

The Definition and Meaning of the Transfiguration

Jesus, whose glory was "veiled in flesh", became unveiled to those 3 disciples and they beheld his glory

The Greek word "Metamorphao" means to transform or transfigure. Both Matthew and Mark use the same word metamorphao in Matt 17:2 and Mark 9:2). Luke did not mention the word "transfiguration" but he said that "the appearance of his face changed" (Luke 9:29). Matthew said that "his face shined as the sun" (Matt 17:2), and Mark said that his "clothing became as light, exceeding white as snow" (Mark 9:3). What had actually happened was that Jesus, whose glory was "veiled in flesh", became unveiled to the 3 disciples and they beheld his glory, the same glory that will be seen when he returns to set up his kingdom which will never pass away.

Paul also uses this word metamorphao to describe the transformation of the believer in Christ (Rom 12:2 and 2 Cor 3:18). Paul also said that the body of the Christian is the Temple of the Holy Spirit who dwells inside (1 Cor 6:19).

Map Showing the Traditional Locations of the "High Mountain" where the Transfiguration of Jesus Took Place.
Traditional Locations of the Transfiguration on the "High Mountain"

The Location of the Transfiguration

Matthew 17:1 - After six days, Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John his brother, and brought them up into a high mountain by themselves.

In the 4th century AD a tradition was established that Mount Tabor was the scene of the transfiguration and it was referred to as "The Mount of Transfiguration", and over the next couple centuries there were three churches built on Mount Tabor. Modern scholarship has changed its opinion regarding Mount Tabor because of recent archaeological excavations. There were buildings and a city on top of Mount Tabor during the time of Jesus, which would interrupt the solitude mentioned in the gospel accounts. The more probable location would be Mount Hermon, which is relatively close to Caesarea Philippi where Jesus revealed who he was to his disciples.

Mt Tabor (1,886 Feet in Height)
Photo of Mount Tabor in Galilee (1,886 Feet at Highest Point)

Mt Hermon (9,232 Feet in Height)
Photo of Mount Hermon from the Sea of Galilee (9,232 Feet in Height)

Face Shining Like the Sun

Matthew 17:2 - He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his garments became as white as the light.

Matthew describing the Transfiguration said that Jesus's face "shone like the sun." Luke makes a note that while Jesus was praying "the appearance of his face was altered" (Luke 9:29). This is no doubt a description of the glory that belongs to Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit could be visibly seen shining through the body of Jesus. Even Peter mentions this later in his life when he said "we were eyewitnesses of his Majesty."

Garments Became White As Light

Matthew 17:2 - He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his garments became as white as the light.

While describing the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ Matthew said that his "garments became as white as the light." The glory of God was shining through Jesus Christ so that his clothing was so bright that it could only be described as "light" or as a flash of lightning (Luke 9:29). In the gospel of Mark he said that "his clothing was glistening, exceedingly white, like snow, such as known launderer on earth can whiten them" (Mark 9:3). They saw the glory of Jesus Christ that will be revealed when he returns to this earth.

The Shekinah Glory

Exodus 40:34-35 - Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and The LORD's glory filled the tabernacle. Moses wasn't able to enter into the Tent of Meeting, because the cloud stayed on it, and The LORD's glory filled the tabernacle.

This is the same Shekinah glory that appeared in the tabernacle above the mercy seat and between the cherubim. It is certain that this is what Stephen saw when he was being stoned (Acts 7:55-56), and what Paul the apostle saw when he (Saul of Tarsus) was on the road that led to Damascus and saw the glory of Jesus Christ and fell from his horse blinded (Acts 9), and what John the disciple saw on the Isle of Patmos (Revelation 1:16).This same Jesus will be manifested in "great glory" when he returns again to the earth to set up his kingdom (Matthew 24:30). It is interesting that in the prayer of Jesus he was praying to the father and mentioned the "glory I had with you before the world began" (John 17:5). It is a true statement that the glory of Christ was "veiled in flesh," and just as the Ark of the Covenant in all of its glory was covered with an unbecoming badger skin (Num 4:5), so the glory of Christ was covered with the outward appearance of an average Jewish man.

John 1:14 - The Word became flesh, and lived among us. We saw his glory, such glory as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Moses and Elijah

Luke 9:30-31 - And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.

When the 3 disciples were fully awake they were terrified by the dazzling brightness of the glory of God shining through Christ, and suddenly they saw Moses and Elijah appearing in glory and speaking with Jesus about his upcoming decease in Jerusalem. Moses and Elijah were the representatives of the Law and the Prophets. In the Jewish culture the "Law and the Prophets" meant the sum total of God's Scriptures from beginning to end. In other words Moses and Elijah were witnesses to the glory of Christ, and what was about to happen soon in Jerusalem that would change the world. Everything was in fulfillment of the promises given in the Scriptures. Jesus was preparing his disciples to continue his work after he dies and is raised from the dead, and seeing these two witnesses testifying to who Jesus was and what Jesus was about to accomplish in Jerusalem would strengthen them when they see him die, and also strengthen them for their great mission of spreading the good news to the world.

Note: The word "decease" or "departure" is Greek from the Hebrew Exodus and is reminiscent of the Exodus in Egypt when Moses instructed the Hebrews to slay the unblemished Lamb and strike or sprinkle the blood on their lintel and doorposts of their homes and death would "Pass Over" them. They were to do it in haste for they were "departing" that night from the land of Egypt and the glory cloud would lead the way to the promised land. The Passover Lamb was a type of Jesus who was slain for the sins of the world, and anyone who applies HIS blood will escape the real death, the second death, eternal death, which will pass over them, the real Exodus. The promised land is a type of heaven which the Bible calls The New Jerusalem when God will create a new heaven and a new earth where righteousness will dwell for eternity.

A Cloud Overshadowed Them

Matthew 17:5-7 - While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. 

The cloud that overshadowed them was the glory of God, the same cloud that smote the Egyptians, that led the children of Israel through the Red Sea, that defeated the chariots of Pharaoh, that appeared above the Tabernacle, and in the Holy of Holies. The same cloud which led Israel into the promised land. When Moses was on the Holy Mountain there was a thick cloud and Moses entered into the cloud and heard the voice of God (Ex 19:9). This bright cloud that overshadowed the disciples was terrifying to them for when they saw it and heard the voice that came out of the cloud they fell on their faces and were shaking in horror.

The Voice of God Spoke

The voice of God said, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased, hear ye him." Just like Moses and Elijah representing the body of the Scriptures were witnesses to the glory and work of Jesus, so the Father is testifying to the person and message of Jesus Christ. Its interesting that the words that God spoke from the cloud "This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased" were clearly reinforcing the words spoken by God in the Old Testament about His Servant, the Messiah:

Isaiah 42:1 - Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth

When God spoke he also said "Hear ye him" which was also reinforcing the Old Testament in the word spoken by God to Moses in a prophecy about the Messiah in Deuteronomy 18:18-20:

Deuteronomy 18:18-19 - I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.
 

The Mountains of Sinai
The Mountains of Sinai where the Cloud Appeared and Moses Entered

Hebrews 9:11-12 - "But Christ having come as a high priest of the good things to come, through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation, nor yet through the blood of goats and bulls, but through his own blood, entered in once for all into the Holy Place, having obtained eternal redemption."

Painting of the Tabernacle of Moses in the Wilderness
Painting of the Tabernacle of Moses

Numbers 4:5-6 - When the camp moves forward, Aaron shall go in, and his sons, and they shall take down the veil of the screen, and cover the ark of the Testimony with it, and shall put a covering of badger skin on it, and shall spread over it a cloth all of blue, and shall put in its poles.


The Bible Mentions the Transfiguration

Mark 9:2 - And after six days Jesus taketh [with him] Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. 

Matthew 17:2 - And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. 


The Transfiguration in Smith's Bible Dictionary
The Transfiguration (The event in the earthly life of Christ which marks the culminating point in his public ministry, and stands midway between the temptation in the wilderness and the agony in Gethsemane, Mt 17:1-13; Mr 9:2-13; Lu 9:28-36 Place. Though tradition locates the transfiguration on Mount Tabor there is little to confirm this view and modern critics favor Mount Hermon, the highest mountain-top in Gaulanitis, or one of the spurs of the Anti-Lebanus. Time. --The transfiguration probably took place at night, because it could then be seen to better advantage than in daylight, and Jesus usually went to mountains to spend there the night in prayer. Mt 14:23,24; Lu 6:12; 21:37 The apostles were asleep, and are described its having kept themselves awake through the act of transfiguration. Lu 9:32...  Read Full Article

The Transfiguration in the ISBE Bible Encyclopedia
TRANSFIGURATION. trans-fig-o-ra'-shun (metamorphoomai, "to be transformed"): Used only with reference to the transfiguration of Christ (Mt 17:2; Mk 9:2) and the change wrought in the Christian personality through fellowship with Christ (Rom 12:2; 2 Cor 3:18). (1) About midway of His active ministry Jesus, accompanied by Peter, James and John, withdrew to a high mountain apart (probably Mt. Hermon; see next article) for prayer. While praying Jesus was "transfigured," "his face did shine as the sun," "and his garments became glistering, exceeding white, so as no fuller on earth can whiten them." It was night and it was cold. The disciples were drowsy and at first but dimly conscious of the wonder in progress before their eyes. From the brightness came the sound of voices. Jesus was talking with Moses and Elijah, the subject of the discourse, as the disciples probably learned later, being of the decease (exodus) which Jesus was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. As the disciples came to themselves, the figures of Moses and Elijah seemed to withdraw, whereupon Peter impetuously demanded tents to be set up for Jesus and His heavenly visitants that the stay might be prolonged and, if possible, made permanent. Just then a cloud swept over them, and out of the cloud a voice came, saying, "This is my beloved Son: hear ye him." In awe the disciples prostrated themselves and in silence waited. Suddenly, lifting up their eyes they saw no one, save Jesus only (Mt 17:1-13; Mk 9:2-13; Lk 9:28-36)...  Read Full Article

The Transfiguration in Easton's Bible Dictionary
Transfiguration, the of our Lord on a "high mountain apart," is described by each of the three evangelists (Matt. 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-8; Luke 9:28-36). The fullest account is given by Luke, who, no doubt, was informed by Peter, who was present on the occasion. What these evangelists record was an absolute historical reality, and not a mere vision. The concurrence between them in all the circumstances of the incident is exact. John seems to allude to it also (John 1:14). Forty years after the event Peter distinctly makes mention of it (2 Pet. 1:16-18). In describing the sanctification of believers, Paul also seems to allude to this majestic and glorious appearance of our Lord on the "holy mount" (Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 3:18). The place of the transfiguration was probably Mount Hermon (q.v.), and not Mount Tabor, as is commonly supposed...   Read Full Article

Mount Tabor in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
The large, beveled stones among the ruins at the top belong to Roman times. The Lord's transfiguration Jerome and others assigned to Tabor. But the buildings on Tabor (see Josephus, B.J. 4:1, section 8, and 1 Chronicles 6:77) are inconsistent, with the solitude "apart" of which the narrative (Matthew 17:1-2) speaks. Moreover, the transfiguration took place near Caesarea Philippi; this fact, and the reference to the "snow," accord best with Mount Hermon being the scene (Mark 8:27; Mark 9:1-3)..    Read Full Article

The Transfiguration in Naves Topical Bible


Of Moses
Ex 34:29-35

-Of Jesus
Mt 17:2-9

-Of Stephen
Ac 6:15
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Bible Verses about the Transfiguration

Matthew 17:1-9
1 - And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, 
2 - And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. 
3 - And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. 
4 - Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. 
5 - While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. 
6 - And when the disciples heard [it], they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. 
7 - And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. 
8 - And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. 
9 - And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead. 

Mark 9:1-8
1 - And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power. 
2 - And after six days Jesus taketh [with him] Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. 
3 - And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them. 
4 - And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus. 
5 - And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. 
6 - For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid. 
7 - And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. 
8 - And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves. 
9 - And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead. 

Luke 9:26-36
26 - For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and [in his] Father's, and of the holy angels. 
27 - But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God. 
28 - And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. 
29 - And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment [was] white [and] glistering. 
30 - And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: 
31 - Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. 
32 - But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him. 
33 - And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said. 
34 - While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud. 
35 - And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. 
36 - And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept [it] close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen. 

Bible Verses about the Cloud

Exodus 19:9 - And the LORD said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the LORD. 

Exodus 24:18 - And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights. 

2 Chronicles 5:13 - It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers [were] as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up [their] voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, [saying], For [he is] good; for his mercy [endureth] for ever: that [then] the house was filled with a cloud, [even] the house of the LORD; 

Numbers 12:10 - And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam [became] leprous, [white] as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, [she was] leprous. 

Ezekiel 10:4 - Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub, [and stood] over the threshold of the house; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD'S glory. 

Ezekiel 38:9 - Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee. 

Exodus 13:21 - And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: 

Exodus 14:20 - And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was acloud and darkness [to them], but it gave light by night [to these]: so that the one came not near the other all the night. 

Numbers 9:20 - And [so] it was, when the cloud was a few days upon the tabernacle; according to the commandment of the LORD they abode in their tents, and according to the commandment of the LORD they journeyed. 

Isaiah 19:1 - The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it. 

Ezekiel 1:4 - And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness [was] about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire. 

Ezekiel 38:16 - And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes. 

Leviticus 16:2 - And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy [place] within the vail before the mercy seat, which [is] upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat. 

Numbers 9:18 - At the commandment of the LORD the children of Israel journeyed, and at the commandment of the LORD they pitched: as long as the cloud abode upon the tabernacle they rested in their tents. 

Exodus 14:24 - And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians, 

Ezekiel 1:28 - As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so [was] the appearance of the brightness round about. This [was] the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw [it], I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake. 

Numbers 9:15 - And on the day that the tabernacle was reared up the cloud covered the tabernacle, [namely], the tent of the testimony: and at even there was upon the tabernacle as it were the appearance of fire, until the morning. 

Exodus 24:15 - And Moses went up into the mount, and a cloud covered the mount. 

Lamentations 2:1 - How hath the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger, [and] cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel, and remembered not his footstool in the day of his anger! 

Revelation 14:15 - And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. 

Numbers 9:22 - Or [whether it were] two days, or a month, or a year, that the cloud tarried upon the tabernacle, remaining thereon, the children of Israel abode in their tents, and journeyed not: but when it was taken up, they journeyed. 

Numbers 16:42 - And it came to pass, when the congregation was gathered against Moses and against Aaron, that they looked toward the tabernacle of the congregation: and, behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD appeared. 

1 Kings 18:44 - And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a littlecloud out of the sea, like a man's hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare [thy chariot], and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not. 

Nehemiah 9:19 - Yet thou in thy manifold mercies forsookest them not in the wilderness: the pillar of the cloud departed not from them by day, to lead them in the way; neither the pillar of fire by night, to shew them light, and the way wherein they should go. 

Ezekiel 8:11 - And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up. 

Exodus 13:22 - He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, [from] before the people. 

Exodus 34:5 - And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. 

Revelation 14:16 - And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. 

Isaiah 25:5 - Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; [even] the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low. 

Numbers 11:25 - And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that [was] upon him, and gave [it] unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, [that], when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease. 

More Resources about the Transfiguration

Transfiguration, The - Bible History Online - Transfiguration, The: Biblical Meaning of Transfiguration, The in Smiths Bible Dictionary (Bible History Online)
http://www.bible-history.com/smiths/T/Transfiguration,+The/

Map of Ancient Israel - Mountains - Bible History Online - Mt. Hermon - A high mountain north of the Sea of Galilee, which very well could have been the scene of the Transfiguration. Mt. Hor - The mountain where Aaron ...
http://www.bible-history.com/geography/ancient-israel/mountains.html

Mount Tabor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - It is believed by many Christians to be the site of the Transfiguration of Jesus. It is known as Har Tavor in Hebrew, Itabyrium in the Graeco-Roman world, Jebel...
http://bible-history.com/linkpage.php?link=32335

TRANSFIGURATION, MOUNT OF in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE ... - TRANSFIGURATION, MOUNT OF trans-fig-u-ra'-shun (referred to as the "holy mount" in 2 Pet 1:18): Records of the Transfiguration are found in Mt 17:1 ff; Mk 9: 2...
http://www.bible-history.com/isbe/T/TRANSFIGURATION,+MOUNT+OF/

Map of Ancient Israel - Mount Tabor - Bible History Online - Some believe this to be the place of the transfiguration of Jesus. Churches have been built on this location commemorating the event since the times of the early...
http://www.bible-history.com/geography/ancient-israel/mount-tabor.html

TRANSFIGURATION in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE (Bible History ... - trans-fig-o-ra'-shun (metamorphoomai, "to be transformed"): Used only with reference to the transfiguration of Christ (Mt 17:2; Mk 9:2) and the change wrought in...
http://www.bible-history.com/isbe/T/TRANSFIGURATION/

James, son of Alphaeus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - There is the James at the transfiguration Mark 9:2, at the Mount of Olives Mark 13:3 and the Garden of Gethsemane Mark 14:33. Although this James is listed...
http://www.bible-history.com/linkpage.php?link=26602

Elijah - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Elijah appears with Moses during the Transfiguration of Jesus. Elijah is also a figure in various Christian folk traditions, often identified with earlier pagan thunder...
http://www.bible-history.com/linkpage.php?link=26120

Mount Tabor - Bible History Online - Mount Tabor Mount Tabor was an important tribal border in the Hebrew Bible, the place where Deborah routed the enemy, the site of Jesus transfiguration and...
http://www.bible-history.com/links.php?cat=49&sub=4732&cat_name=Sites+-+Israel&subcat_name=Mount+Tabor

Mountains - Bible History Online - Mt. Hermon - A high mountain north of the Sea of Galilee, which very well could have been the scene of the Transfiguration. Mt. Hor - The mountain where Aaron ...
http://www.bible-history.com/map_jesus/MAPJESUSMountains.htm

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Archaeological Study of the Bible

"A substantial proof for the accuracy of the Old Testament text has come from archaeology. Numerous discoveries have confirmed the historical accuracy of the biblical documents, even down to the obsolete names of foreign kings... Rather than a manifestation of complete ignorance of the facts of its day, the biblical record thus reflects a great knowledge by the writer of his day, as well as precision in textual transmission."

-Norman L. Geisler, William Nix "A General Introduction to the Bible" 5th Edition (Chicago: Moody Press 1983) p. 253


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Bibliography on Ancient Images

The Art of Ancient Egypt, Revised by Robins, 272 Pages, Pub. 2008
 

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