Mount Tabor, now Jebel et-Tur, is a mountain in Galilee, located 11 miles (18 kilometers) west of the Sea Of Galilee. It is 1,840 feet (560 meters) high and overlooks the Valley of Jezreel. It served as a boundary point between the tribes of Issachar, Naphtali and Zebulun. The view from the summit is said to be very grand.
"As surely as I live," declares the King,
whose name is the LORD Almighty,
"one will come who is like Tabor among the mountains,
like Carmel by the sea.
It was at Tabor that Barak encamped before the battle with Sisera on the instructions of Deborah, prophetess of Israel.
Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time. She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites came to her to have their disputes decided. She sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, "The LORD , the God of Israel, commands you: 'Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead the way to Mount Tabor. I will lure Sisera, the commander of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.' "
There is an old tradition that it was the scene of the transfiguration of our Lord. Though Jesus undoubtedly grew up in its shadow, this theory is unfounded.