THE PROMISED LAND as Moses saw it, with a view over the Dead Sea and the southern Jordan Valley and the Judean hill country in the distance. In Deuteronomy 32:49-52, God directs Moses to go to Mt. Nebo to view the land of Canaan, which he would never enter. This biblical connection between Mt. Nebo and Moses fueled early Christian monastic movements and pilgrimage to this region. As a result, a network of monastic communities grew and prospered around Mt. Nebo, the purported burial place of Moses.