Jordan Mount Nebo, The Serpentine Cross [Giovanni Fantoni]
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The LORD said to Moses, ‘Make a fiery serpent,
and set it on a standard;
and it shall come about,
that everyone who is bitten,
when he looks at it, he will live.’
— Numbers 21:8-9
Jesus said to Nicodemus:
’Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
so that everyone who believes in him
may have eternal life.’
— John 3:14-15

A serpentine cross sculpture (the Brazen Serpent Monument) atop Mount Nebo was created by Italian artist Giovanni Fantoni. It is symbolic of the bronze serpent created by Moses in the wilderness (Numbers 21:4–9) and the cross upon which Jesus was crucified (John 3:14).

The Mountain of Olives in Jerusalem is 46KM (28.6 miles) West from the Brazen Serpent.


Atacama Desert, Chile 1960.  Photograph by Jim Price (1930-2004)