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Mount Precipice

Just south of Nazareth in the cliffs of Mt Kedumim is Mount Precipice, the traditional site of the cliff that an angry mob attempted to throw Jesus off of after his bold proclamation in the Nazareth synagogue (Luke 4:16-30).

The site offers a panoramic view of the patchwork Jezreel Valley and Mount Tabor, especially nice at sunrise.

Excavations of Mt. Precipice found Qafzeh Cave with evidence of prehistoric settlement, including 13 Stone Age skeletons from the Neanderthal period.  One local legend says that the cave opened up to hide Jesus from the angry mob.  Another tradition says that Jesus lept from the mount, landing 9km away on Mt. Tabor, hence the Arabic name for the mount, Jebel Qafzeh which translates to “mount of the leaping.”

In 2009, a 40,000-seat outdoor stadium was added on the north side of the mount for a Mass delivered by Pope Benedict XVI.

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