SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 13: Torah Bright of Australia poses during a press conference at Gorki Press Centre Centre on day six of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
#Samaritan worshipers take part in a prayer during a Passover ceremony at Mount Gerizim near the northern West Bank city of Nablus on April 20. The Samaritan religion is based on four principles of faith, one God -- the God of Israel; one Prophet -- Moses Ben Amram; the belief in the Torah -- the first five books of the Bible; and one holy place -- Mount Gerizim. JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP/Getty Images
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Mount Ebal (across), Shechem (see ruins in the valley between the two mountains), Sychar (top right) from the view of Mount Gerizim. This is where Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well (bottom right). This is the location of Joseph's tomb. And from Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim the Israelites proclaimed the blessings and curses of the Mosaic Covenant.
Ruins of ancient jericho. ISRAEL Deuteronomy 32:49 And the LORD (YAHWEH) said, Get thee up into this mountain Abarim, unto mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, that is over against Jericho; and behold the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel for a possession: (God changed his name to Abraham later)
Located between Mt. Gerizim (left) and Mt. Ebal (right) Shechem is preeminent in the Biblical record, beginning with God's promise of the land to Abraham. Later Jacob would return here with his family and settle shortly. During the Conquest, the twelve tribes gathered on these two hills to recite God's Law and the blessings and curses that accompanied obedience and disobedience.