Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Yardinet Baptismal Site

There are three baptismal sites on the Jordan River.  We visited Yardinet, which is not far from the Sea of Galilee.  Farther south, there are two sites one on the Israeli side of the Jordan and one on the Jordanian side of the river.  The site on the Israeli side of the river, Qasr el Yahud is the traditional site of Jesus' baptism, where the Israelites crossed the Jordan River and where Elijah ascended to heaven.  However, this site was closed during the Six Days War and only reopened in 2011.  The site on the Jordanian side is Al-Maghtas, a UNESCO site that has been considered the actual site of Jesus' baptism since Byzantine times.  It was so very cool to put our feet in the Jordan River, and to watch a  couple of baptisms.  

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