Beit 'Abara (The Jordan River)

February 07, 2015

Beit 'Abara is the place where Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:13-17). This event took place very close to where Joshua (Joshua 3), Elijah and Elisha (2 Kings 2:6-8, 13-15) crossed the large loop in the Jordan River opposite the ancient city of Jericho. In the New Testament times, it became known as Bethany, the village of John the Baptist. Do check out my post: Israel Travel Itinerary for more travel tips and inspirations.

The Jordan River Israel Travel Guide

Look how close i'm standing next to the land of Jordan. This river serves as a border between Israel and Jordan. 

Beit 'Araba is the second site we've visited on Day 4 of our Israel Pilgrimage. On our way to the river we passed by the land of Jericho pictured below.

The Jordan River Israel Travel Guide

See that shack on the photo below? That property is already in Jordan. It's so close. You just have to cross the river to reach there.

Israel is in a drought for years now. So the water level you see in the photo above is actually pretty low. That's why it looks like it's just so easy to cross to the other side. But beware there are military forces installed on both side of the river. So it may not be as easy as it looks.

The Jordan River Israel Travel Guide

Okay, above is a picture of a picture of the water level if the country's in abundance. Look how deep the water is. Yikes! The palm trees are almost buried under the body of water.

The Jordan River Israel Travel Guide

Time to leave. Now off to our next destination!

UP NEXT: The Valley of the Shadow of Death.

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