Mount Precipice 

Mount Precipice (or Mount Kedumim) is a mountain just outside of Nazareth in northern Israel, where tradition has it an angry mob attempted to throw Jesus off the cliff (Luke 4:16-30).

Slopes of Mount Precipice

He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read....
Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."
... "I tell you the truth," he continued, "no prophet is accepted in his hometown. I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah's time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian."
All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him down the cliff. But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way. (Luke 4:16-30)

View from Mount Precipice to Mount Tabor, traditional site of the Transfiguration

The hilltop site provides sweeping views of the Jezreel Valley, Mount Tabor, and other Galilean sights.
The western slopes are home to a cave in which 13 Neanderthal skeletons were found during modern excavations. The cave was used by Christian hermit monks in the 6th century. It is unfortunately not open to the public. Some tombs, cisterns, and a large mosaic were found on the peak of the hill.
On a hill just north of Mount Precipice is the Church of Our Lady of the Fright, which tradition says stands on the spot from which Mary watched in horror as her son was led to the edge of the cliff.



Synagogue in Nazareth

Exterior and interior of re-created synagogue at Nazareth Village; possibly like the one in which would have been schooled, and where he taught his fellow Nazarenes, as in Luke 4:16: "He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read".
Note: The stone benches along the walls recall the synagogue's original function as a place of assembly, where the Torah was read and explained on Sabbaths and holidays. The fixed liturgy of today was a later development.


Synagogue, from the Greek sunagoge (pronounced "soon-ag-o-gay"), meaning "a bringing together." At the time of Jesus, the term synagogue referred primarily to a "gathering" or "an assembly." Whether or not there was a building constructed specifically for village gatherings and worship in Nazareth at the time of Jesus is not know. No 1st century synagogue-as-building has been excavated in Nazareth. This doesn't mean there wasn't one; it may have been a home converted for use as a synagogue.









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