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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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