Nebo: Proclaimer; prophet.
1. A Chaldean god whose worship was introduced into Assyria by Pul
(Isaiah 46:1; Jeremiah 48:1) To this idol was dedicated the great temple
whose ruins are still seen at Birs Nimrud. A statue of Nebo
found at Calah, where it was set up by Pul, king of Assyria, is
now in the British Museum.
2. A mountain in the land of Moab from which Moses looked for the
first and the last time on the Promised Land
(Deuteronomy 32:49; 34:1) It
has been identified with Jebel Nebah, on the eastern shore of
the Dead Sea, near its northern end, and about 5 miles
south-west of Heshbon. It was the summit of the ridge of Pisgah
(q.v.), which was a part of the range of the "mountains of
Abarim." It is about 2,643 feet in height, but from its position
it commands a view of Western Palestine. Close below it are the
plains of Moab, where Balaam, and afterwards Moses, saw the tents
of Israel spread along.
3. A town on the east of Jordan which was taken possession of and
rebuilt by the tribe of Reuben
(Numbers 32:3,38; 1 Chronicles 5:8) It was about
8 miles south of Heshbon.
4. The "children of Nebo"
(Ezra 2:29; Nehemiah 7:33) were of those who
returned from Babylon. It was a town in Benjamin, probably the
modern Beit Nubah, about 7 miles north-west of Hebron.