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Gerizim, Mount
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(Arab. Ǧebel eṭ-Ṭūr) is the “mount of blessing” (881 m) situated across from Mount Ebal, south of Nablus/Shechem, whose cultic significance is attested literarily (Deut 11:29; 27:4 [Samaritan Pentateuch], 12; Josh 8:33 and Judg 9:7; Samaria) and archaeologically. The cultic site (altar) in Ḫirbet et-Tananir is Bronze Age. The results of excavations on the high plateau of Gerizim itself: remnants of a gate structure from the Persian era and a fortified settlement (roughly 40 hectares) from the Hellenistic era (c. 200 bce) and a sacred precinct destroyed under John Hyrc…

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Dexinger, Ferdinand, “Gerizim, Mount”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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