stony. (1.) A mountain 3,076 feet above the level of the sea, and 1,200 feet above the level of the valley, on the north side of which stood the city of Shechem (q.v.). On this mountain six of the tribes (Deut. 27:12,13) were appointed to take their stand and respond according to a prescribed form to the imprecations uttered in the valley, where the law was read by the Levites (11:29; 29:4, 13). This mountain was also the site of the first great altar erected to Jehovah (Deut. 27:5-8; Josh. 8:30-35). After this the name of Ebal does not again occur in Jewish history. (See GERIZIM.) (2.) A descendant of Eber (1 Chr. 1:22), called also Obal (Gen. 10:28). (3.) A descendant of Seir the Horite (Gen. 36:23).
On the evening of the morrow they would be on the slopes of ebal and Gerizim, near to the homestead of the man they sought.
ebal and Sinai have had their word; now Gerizim and Calvary must speak.
But now, whether Gerizim or ebal was the place appointed for this solemnity, there is some cause to doubt.
The curse thundered by the six tribes from ebal resounded in his ears.
We represented to him that ebal, close by, was nearly 230 feet higher.
Half of the tribes separated from the rest to the slopes of Gerizim, and the other half to those of ebal.
We now resume the thread of the story interrupted by the narrative of the transaction at ebal and Gerizim.
Northward the dome-like top of ebal shuts out the distance, whilst the eastern half of Nblus, with its gardens, is seen below.
A city in the middle of Canaan, in a valley between two mountains, ebal and Gerizim.
Crossing the narrow valley on another July day, the Survey-party ascended the eastern brow of ebal.