Todd Bolen/

The twin peaks of Mt. Gerizim (left) and Mt. Ebal (right) both rise to a height of approximately 3,000 feet above sea level. Nestled between them is the city of Nablus, ancient Shechem. In the Book of Deuteronomy, upon entering the Promised Land, the blessings of the Lord are recited on Mt. Gerizim and the curses on Mt. Ebal (Deuteronomy 11:29–30, 27:11–14). The standard Hebrew text of the Bible says that the Israelites built an altar on Mt. Ebal and set up the Tent of Meeting at Shiloh, but in the Samaritan Pentateuch, both of these things happened on Mt. Gerizim, the Samaritans’ holy mountain.