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The Rift Valley

                                                                                 Jordan River
                                                                                 The ancient crossing point at Bethany-beyond-
                                                                                 the-Jordan known to Joshua, Elijah, Elisha,
                                                                                 John, merchants and traders and Jewish
                                                                                 Pilgrims from Galilee en-route to Jerusalem up
                                                                                 the Jericho road.
                                                                                 For the Children of Israel, crossing the river
                                                                                 from the east bank was to enter the earthly
                                                                                 Promised Land, whereas baptism was seen as
                                                                                 entering the heavenly Kingdom of God.

       Today, the Jordan is still crossed at this location by the Allenby Bridge and is one of the original three biblical crossing points, the others being
       at the Adam Bridge with access to Shechem and at Beth Shean connecting to the Decapolis.


                                                                                  Sea of Galilee

                                                                                  The Hebrew name is ‘Kinor’ meaning ‘harp,’
                                                                                  which describes the harp shape of the lake.

                                                                                  Its main fresh water supply flows from the
                                                                                  springs of Mount Hermon into the northern
                                                                                  shores and exits into the Jordan River on its
                                                                                  southern shores.
                                                                                  Josephus records that during Roman times
                                                                                  there were some 230 fishing boats on the
                                                                                  lake as well as Roman naval vessels.

       Visitors often witness violent late afternoon winter storms in stark contrast to the normal tranquil waters. Boats and piers are often destroyed.
       Fishermen still work the shoreline early morning and sometimes at night.
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