Friday, April 12, 2024

The Hebrew noun הר (har) is the word for "mountain," "hill," or "hill-country." The word הר (har) is used independently as a noun and as part of proper names of specific mountains, as in Exodus 19:18, "Now Mountהר) Sinai was wrapped in smoke, because the LORD had descended upon it in fire; the smoke went up like the smoke of a kiln, while the whole mountainהר) shook violently." The use of הר (har) is not limited to specific grand mountains; authors will use the same word for smaller slopes of hilly regions, as in Joshua 17:18: "the hill country (הר) shall be yours, for though it is a forest, you shall clear it and possess it to its farthest borders."