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Bible Usage:

  • Ebal used 8 times.


  • Included in Eastons: Yes
  • Included in Hitchcocks: Yes
  • Included in Naves: Yes
  • Included in Smiths: Yes
  • Included in Websters: No
  • Included in Strongs: Yes
  • Included in Thayers: No
  • Included in BDB: Yes

Strongs Concordance:


Easton's Bible Dictionary


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 (Deuteronomy 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 (Deuteronomy 27:5-8; Joshua 8:30-35). After this the name of Ebal does not again occur in Jewish history. (See GERIZIM.)

2. A descendant of Eber (1 Chronicles 1:22), called also Obal (Genesis 10:28).

3. A descendant of Seir the Horite (Genesis 36:23).

Hitchcock's Names Dictionary

ancient heaps

Naves Topical Index

1. Son of Joktan
1 Chronicles 1:22

2. A Horite
Genesis 36:23; 1 Chronicles 1:40

3. A mountain of Ephraim

Half of the tribes of Israel stand on, to respond Amen to the curses of the law
Deuteronomy 11:29; Deuteronomy 27:12-13; Joshua 8:33

Altar built on
Joshua 8:30

Smith's Bible Dictionary

(stone, bare mountain).

  1. One of the sons of Shobal the son of Seir. (Genesis 36:23; 1 Chronicles 1:40)
  2. Obal the son of Joktan. (1 Chronicles 1:22) comp. Genesis 10:28

Smith's Bible Dictionary
Ebal, Mount

a mount in the promised land, on which the Isr'lites were to "put" the curse which should fall upon them if they disobeyed the commandments of Jehovah. The blessing consequent on obedience was to be similarly localized on Mount Gerizim. (11:26-29) Ebal and Gerizim are the mounts which form the sides of the fertile valley in which lies Nablus , the ancient Shechem-Ebal on the north and Gerizim on the south. (They are nearly in the centre of the country of Samaria, about eight hundred feet above Nablus in the valley; and they are so near that all the vast body of the people could hear the words read from either mountain. The experiment has repeatedly been tried in late years.

Ed.) The modern name of Ebal is Sitti Salamiyah , from a Mohammedan female saint, whose tomb is standing on the eastern part of the ridge, a little before the highest point is reached.