TABOR, a celebrated mountain of northern Palestine, rising solitarily in the north eastern part of the plain of Esdraelon, to about the height of 1000 ft. and commanding the most extensive and probably the most magnificent prospect in the Holy Land. Eastward, the eye catches a gleam of the waters of the Galilean sea, 15 m. distant; while the whole picturesque outline of its deep-sunken basin, of the rolling traus Jordanic plateau, and the course of the sacred river itself, is clearly traceable; westward, stretch away into the dim horizon the rich plains of Galilee, rising up into the dark -green ridges of Carmel, overhanging the Levant; on the north and north-east, the snow covered heights of Hermon (see LmeA.xox) glitter pale over the intervening hills; while to the south, the view embraces the fatal heights of Gilboa arid tlw confused landscapes of Samaria. Tabor itself is at present thickly clad with forests of oak, pistacias, etc.,
the haunt of wolves, wild-boars, lynxes, and various kinds of reptiles. Its beauty alone would be sufficient to insure it distinguished mention among the mountains of Palestine, but it owes its celebrity even more to its having been regarded from an early period as the mount of• Transfiguration. This opinion, however, is now all but uni versally abandoned, as there is strong evidence of its summit having been then occupied by a city; and travelers are disposed to look for the scene of this supernatural incident further north, in the neighborhood of Hermon. In the times of the crusaders, Tabor was studded with churches and monasteries, relics of which, as well as of Roman and Saracenic structures, still remain.