The mountain near the Sea of Galilee (Mt 15:29-15:29)

“Jesus left that place.

He passed along

The Sea of Galilee.

He went up on the mountain,

Where he sat down.”

 

Καὶ μεταβὰς ἐκεῖθεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἦλθεν παρὰ τὴν θάλασσαν τῆς Γαλιλαίας, καὶ ἀναβὰς εἰς τὸ ὄρος ἐκάθητο ἐκεῖ.

 

Mark, chapter 7:31, has a more detailed explanation of his travel from Sidon back to the Decapolis region of the Sea of Galilee.  Here Jesus simply left there (Καὶ μεταβὰς ἐκεῖθεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς) and returned to the Sea of Galilee (ἦλθεν παρὰ τὴν θάλασσαν τῆς Γαλιλαίας).  Then he went up a mountain and sat down (καὶ ἀναβὰς εἰς τὸ ὄρος ἐκάθητο ἐκεῖ), much like in chapter 14:23.  Was he going to pray here?

The altar base (Ezek 43:13-43:14)

“These are the dimensions

Of the altar

By cubits.

The cubit is a cubit

With a handbreadth.

Its base shall be

One cubit high,

One cubit broad,

With a rim

Of one span

Around its edge.

This shall be

The height of the altar.

From the base

On the ground

To the lower ledge,

Two cubits,

With a width

Of one cubit.

From the smaller ledge

To the larger ledge,

Four cubits,

With a width

Of one cubit.”

Ezekiel continued with his detailed explanation about the size of the altar. First, he started with the altar base that was relatively small. His measurement was the larger cubit that also included a hand size or another 5 inches to the already normal 18-inch cubit. Thus, the altar base was one cubit, only 23 inches high, or just less than 2 feet high and wide. However, it had a rim around its edge. Apparently, there were 2 ledges, a small ledge and a larger ledge. The smaller lower ledge was only 2 cubits high and 1 cubit wide. The larger ledge was 4 cubits high and 1 cubit wide.