Gerizim

Gerizim (Gair´uh-zim)

The bulky mountain (summit 2,800 feet above sea level) opposite Mt. Ebal in the central Samaritan highlands; in the pass between Ebal and Gerizim lies Shechem, at the intersection of main north-south and east-west roads. Some texts portray a ceremony of blessings shouted from Gerizim and curses from Ebal, the consequences of covenantal loyalty or disloyalty (Deut 11:29; Deut 27:12; Josh 8:33). In (Judg 9:7) Jotham speaks his fable from Gerizim. (Judg 9:37) mentions Tabbur-erez, the “navel” of the land, suggesting that Gerizim was for some the mythic meeting place of heaven and earth. For Samaritans, Gerizim was the site of the Samaritan temple, the place to worship God (John 4:20).

Deut 11:29

29When the Lord your God has brought you into the land that you are entering to occupy, you shall set the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal.

Deut 27:12

12When you have crossed over the Jordan, these shall stand on Mount Gerizim for the blessing of the people: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin.

Josh 8:33

33All Israel, alien as well as citizen, with their elders and officers and their judges, stood on opposite sides of the ark in front of the levitical priests wh ... View more

Judg 9:7

The Parable of the Trees
7When it was told to Jotham, he went and stood on the top of Mount Gerizim, and cried aloud and said to them, “Listen to me, you lords ... View more

Judg 9:37

37Gaal spoke again and said, “Look, people are coming down from Tabbur-erez, and one company is coming from the direction of Elon-meonenim.”

John 4:20

20Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.”

 NEH Logo
Bible Odyssey has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.