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The Transfiguration

The transfiguration of our Lord on a “high mountain apart” is described by each of the three evangelists (Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-8; Luke 9:28-36).

The fullest account is given by Luke, who, no doubt, was informed by Peter, who was present on the occasion. What these evangelists record was an absolute historical reality, and not a mere vision.

The concurrence between them in all the circumstances of the incident is exact. John seems to allude to it also (John 1:14). Forty years after the event Peter distinctly makes mention of it (2 Peter 1:16-18). In describing the sanctification of believers, Paul also seems to allude to this majestic and glorious appearance of our Lord on the “holy mount” (Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 3:18).

The place of the transfiguration was probably Mount Hermon, and not Mount Tabor, as was once commonly supposed. Hermon is the site accepted by most scholars.

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Article Version: May 22, 2024