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Jabel Muntar – Biblical Azazel

jabel muntar tourJabel Muntar (Arabic: “The Guards’ mountain”) it the highest mountain in the Judean Desert east of Jerusalem.

By Jewish tradition it is the site where the “scapegoat” was pushed to its death on “Day of Atonment”, atonning the Jews from their sins for that year.

According the to the Talmud the site was 12 miles east of Jerusalem, and had 10 stations along its path from Jerusalem’s temple.

A tower and later a monestary were built on the top of Muntar’s summit in the Byzantine period, whose remains can still be seeing, yet the site had not been excavated to this day.

The site can only be reached by a 4×4 vehicle.



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