"So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:
The view from Mount of Precipice . On the left low picture Mount Tabor is seen on the horizon and on the right - the view of modern Nazareth.
In the South West from Nazareth, in 1.2 ml from the center of the city lays
Mount Ha Qdumim , also known as the Mount of Precipice, is about 1.2 miles southwest of Nazareth. The Mount rises 1295 ft above the sea level and is not the tallest mountain in the area but it is unique for a steep cliff. Traditionally, this is believed to be the place from which the angry residents of Nazareth wanted to throw Jesus.
Today, the Catholic Church no longer accepts this tradition. It is clear from research that Nazareth was rather a small village in the first century and the distance to the Mount exceeded 2000 cubits which is the distance Jews were allowed to travel during the Sabbath. Observant Jewish synagogue visitors could not carry or follow Jesus so far without breaking the Oral law. Greek Orthodox and other denominations still follow the tradition. The area of the Mount is now an Israeli Government Nature Reserve.
From the observation deck, there is a breathtaking panoramic view and when the weather is good, visitors are able to see the Jezreel (Armageddon) and Ha More Valleys, legendary Mount Tabor and Mount Gilboa to the East.
An amphitheater was constructed on top of the mountainwhich was dedicated to Pope's Benedict xvו visit in 2009. A very old olive tree was planted on top of the Mount, moved from Haifa. The tree weighs a stunning 40.000 pounds and symbolizes the process of reconciliation between the Jews and the Catholic Church. It was dedicated to Pope John xxווו who believed the Roman Catholic Church should foster unity and reconciliation with other faiths. It is also dedicated to the Jewish historian from France, Jules Isaak. His efforts deeply influenced the decrees of the 1965 Ecumenical Council of the Vatican about changing attitudes towards the Jewish people.