Saturday, October 31, 2009

Bethany Beyond the Jordan 1

John 1:28 says that John baptized in "Bethany beyond the Jordan." A Byzantine church was established at the traditional site in the fourth century, and remained active until crusader times, after which it fell into ruins and its location was forgotten. In 1996 excavations uncovered the ruins of this traditional Byzantine Church; the site is now accepted by most scholars as the traditional site of the baptism of Jesus.

A broad view of Bethany beyond the Jordan, with the Mount of Olives in the far distant horizon. The closest building is a Greek Orthodox Church built in 2002.

A bend in the Jordan river and the contemporary Greek Orthodox church.

The Greek Orthodox church of John the Baptist at Bethany beyond the Jordan.

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