Bethany Beyond The Jordan - Al-Maghtas meaning "baptism" or "immersion" in Arabic, is a site in Jordan on the east bank of the Jordan River, officially known as Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan" (Al-Maghtas). It is considered to be the original location of the Baptism of Jesus and the ministry of John the Baptist. www.Maranathatours.com
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Al-Maghtas includes two principal archaeological areas. The remnants of a monastery on a mound known as Jabal Mar-Elias (Elijah's Hill) and an area close to the river with remains of churches, baptism ponds and pilgrim and hermit dwellings. The two areas are connected by a stream called Wadi Kharrar.
"Bethabara" is the name used by some versions of the New Testament for the site "beyond (i.e. east of) the Jordan" where John the Baptist preached and performed baptisms, where he met with a group of priests and Levites sent by the Pharisees to investigate his ministry, and where he baptised Jesus (John 1:28–29). The name "Bethabara" also appears on the 6th-century Madaba Map and in the Talmud.
Two passages from the Gospel of John indicate a place "beyond the Jordan" or "across the Jordan":
John 1:28: "This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing."
John 10:40: Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. There he stayed,
The name "Bethany" is shared with a different town located on the Mount of Olives, mentioned many times in the New Testament. Most English versions of the New Testament refer to "Bethany on the east bank of the Jordan River"
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LEARNING THE LANGUAGE
Travel will resume. When you travel your health is important. Although the guides, hotel staff and airline staff will most likely all know English, it is always a good idea to know some basic phrases in case of an emergency. Here are some phrases to know that may be helpful.
I am allergic to…
- Hebrew - Ani allergit le
- Arabic - 'ana 'ueani min hisasiat
- Greek - Eímai allergikós se
- Italian - Io sono allergico a
It hurts here (point to body part)
- Hebrew - Koev li kan
- Arabic - 'iinaha tulamuni huna
- Greek - Ponáei edó
- Italian - Mi fa male qui
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