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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.

                                                                                                Galilee

                                                             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 and fishermen still work the shoreline
early morning and sometimes at night.
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