This willow tree made us ponder whether arvot Moav has a second meaning.
This mountain is where Moses looked out and saw the whole land of Israel.
The Mt. Nebo site is currently run by the Franciscans. There is a church at the top of the mountain, which was closed when we were there, but that was so not our priority.
This sculpture represents the copper serpent that Moses made in the desert (Numbers 21 strikes again!).
It's there because of John 3:14-15 :
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.Which (leaving aside the cross element) is the same basic idea as Mishnah Rosh Hashanah 3:6 :
"God said to Moses: Make yourself a serpent..." And does the serpent kill and revive? Rather, any time that Israel looked upwards and dedicated their hearts to their father in heaven, they would be healed, and otherwise, they would be crushed.