(Hebrew har ha'abharim, hare ha'abharim; Septuagint
to oros to Abarim, en to peran tou Iordanou,
mountain Abarim, mountains of Abarim).
A mountain range across Jordan, extending from Mount Nebo in
the north, perhaps to the Arabian desert in the south. The Vulgate
(Deuteronomy 32:49) gives its etymological meaning as "passages." Its
northern part was called Phasga, (or Pisgah) and the highest peak of
Phasga was Mount Nebo (Deuteronomy 3:27; 34:1; 32:49; Numbers 23:14;
27:12; 21:20; 32:47).
Balaam blessed Israel the second time from the top of
Mount Phasga (Numbers 23:14); from here
Moses saw the Land of Promise, and here
Jeremias hid the ark (II Machabees 2:4-5).
Transcribed by Christine J. Murray
The 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia