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Hor (hôr), mountain, Mount. 1. The mountain on which Aaron died. Numbers 20:25-27; Numbers 33:37. It was on the" boundary line," or "at the edge" of the land of Edom. It was the halting-place of the people next after Kadesh, Numbers 20:22; Numbers 33:37, and they quitted it for Zalmonah, Numbers 33:41, in the road to the Red sea. Numbers 21:4. It was during the encampment at Kadesh that Aaron died. Mount Hor is on the western side of the great valley of the Arabah, the highest and most conspicuous of the whole range of the sandstone mountains of Edom, having close beneath it on its eastern side the strange city of Petra. It is now called Jebel Nebi-Harûn, "the mountain of the prophet Aaron." Its height is 4800 feet above the Mediterranean; or about 1700 feet above the town of Petra, and more than 6000 above the Dead sea. The mountain is marked far and near by its double top, which rises like a huge castellated building from a lower base and is now surmounted by a circular dome of the tomb of Aaron, a distinct white spot on the dark red surface of the mountain. The chief interest of Mount Hor consists in the prospect from its summit, the last view of Aaron—that view which was to him what Pisgah was to Moses. 2. A mountain, distinct from, the preceding, named in Numbers 34:7-8, only, as one of the marks of the northern boundary of the land which the children of Israel were to conquer. This Mount Hor is the great chain of Lebanon itself.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Hor'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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