Richard T. Nowitz

A divine stage. Moses designated Mt. Gerizim, left, and Mt. Ebal, right, for the pronouncement of the blessing and the curse respectively, “the blessing if you obey the commandments of the Lord … and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments” (Deuteronomy 11:26–29, Deuteronomy 27:11–26). The modern town of Nablus, the site of ancient Shechem, sprawls below the mountains in this aerial view from the east.