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Travels in Palestine, through the countries of Bashan and Cilead, east of the River Jordan; including a visit to the cities of Geraza and Gamala, in the Decapolis . toes are saidto be remains of the three tabernacles proposedto be erected by St. Peter, at the moment of thetransfiguration, when Jesus, Elias, and Moses,were seen talking together.* In one of these grottoes, which they call moreparticularly the Sanctuary, there is a squarestone used as an altar j and on the 6th of August,in every year, the friars of the convent comefrom Nazareth with their banners and the hostto say mass here, at which period they are ac-companied by all the Catholics of the neighbour-hood, who pass the night in festivity, and lightlarge bonfires, by a succession of which they havenearly bared the southern side of the mountainof all the wood that once clothed it. Besides these grottoes, no particular history isassigned to any other of the remains, thoughamong them there seem to have been manylarge religious buildings. The whole of these appear to have been onceenclosed with a strong wall, a large portion of * St. Luke, ix. 30. 33.VOL. I. M 16^2 ASCENT OF MOUNT TABOR,. ASCENT OF MOUNT TABOR. l63 which still remains entire on the south side,having its firm foundations on the solid rocks ;and this appeared to me the most ancient part. Inthe book of Judges, where the story of Deborahis related *, Barak is commanded to draw to-ward Mount Tabor; and afterwards it is saidthat he went up there with ten thousand men,accompanied by the prophetess, t Again, it isrepeated that they who were encamped withHeber the Kenite in the plain of Zaanaim,showed Sisera that Barak, the son of Abinoam,was gone up to Mount Tabor. X And, lastly, itis said, that when Sisera gathered all his hoststogether, with his nine hundred chariots of iron,to the river Kishon, Barak went down fromMount Tabor, and ten thousand men afterhim.II From this one might infer that the summitwas even then used as a military post: for the