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Mount Precipice, or Mount of the Leap, is a steep hill in the southern outskirts of Nazareth, overlooking the Jezre’el Valley. By local tradition, here, the people of Nazareth attempted to push Jesus to his death for claiming to be the Messiah (Luke 4).

History of the Mount Precipice

After his baptism, Jesus returns to Nazareth and, at the local synagogue, declares, for the first time in public, that he is the Messiah. Rejecting his claim, the Nazareans declare him a false Messiah and drag him to the “edge of the city. “ They attempt to throw him to his death, but “he passed through the midst of them and walked away” (Luke 4:29-30). Mount Precipice is 397 meters above Sea level, and its southern edge is over a steep lookout of Jezreel Valley. Since the Byzantine period (4th-7th Centuries CE), its summit is identified with the site where the people of Nazareth pushed Jesus to his death. On its western side are remains of a Byzantine-period monastery that commemorated the event.

Qafzeh Cave

By local tradition, Jesus hid from the angry mob in a cave beneath the southern summit of Mount Precipice. However, archaeological research in the cave yielded significant remains from a much earlier period. The excavations uncovered 13 skeletal remains of an early form of Homo Sapiens, dating to 100,000 years before present. These finds provide significant evidence of the development of mankind.

Touring Mount Precipice

The summit is accessible by car from Nazareth year-round and free of charge. The summit provides stunning panoramas of the Jezreel Valley, Nazareth, and the Lower Galilee. No wonder that in 2009 Pope Benedictus XVI chose to deliver a mass near the mountain’s summit. An 40,000 seats open-air theatre built for this special event is still in use.

A tour of the Mount Precipice can be combined with a guided day tour of Nazareth and the Galilee.

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