Many people have asked why this cemetery is named Mount Nebo. It is a Biblical name. Some translators of the biblical book of Deuteronomy translate Pisgah as a name of a mountain, usually referring to Mount Nebo. The region is directly east of the Jordan River and just northeast of the Dead Sea. Mount Nebo is the highest among a handful of Pisgah summits; and cluster of hilltops on the western edge of the Trans-Jordanian Plateau.
In the Bible, God commanded Moses to climb up and view the Promised Land from Mount Nebo:
“And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho”. (Deuteronomy 34:1).