Historical Significance
  • Mount Carmel is a 13 mile long mountain range, which ends at the Mediterranean Sea at Haifa
  • Home of altars to strange gods, particularly, a sanctuary for the worship of Baal (a title meaning “Lord” in Northwest Semitic languages)
Political/Cultural Significance
  • An international highway, sometimes called the Via Maris, runs along the Mt. Carmel range. 
Biblical Significance
  • 1 Kings 18:19-40 Elijah had his contest with the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel and it is where Elijah killed the prophets of Baal (more specifically, at the Kishon Brook)
  • Song of Songs 7:5 Solomon compared the majesty of his bride’s head to the summit of Carmel
  • Isaiah 35:2 Isaiah used Mt. Carmel as a symbol of beauty, fruitfulness, majesty, and glory
  • Isaiah 33:9; Amos 1:2; Nahum When Carmel is referred to as languishing and withering, it indicates God’s judgment on His land