Jesus was baptized right here – the baptismal website on the River Jordan near Jericho and the Useless Sea



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Qasr al-Yahud is the official identify of a baptism website within the Jordan River Valley in Jordan. After the Six-Day Battle in 1967, it has been positioned below Israeli management, and the location and amenities are administered by the Israeli Civil Administration and the Israeli Ministry of Tourism as a part of a nationwide park.

It’s the western a part of the normal website of the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:13-17), in Arabic Al-Maghtas, a reputation which was traditionally used for the pilgrimage website on either side of the river. Additionally it is historically thought-about to be the place the place the Israelites crossed the Jordan River, and the prophet Elijah ascended to heaven.

The Arabic identify of the baptism website is Al-Maghtas that means “immersion” and, by extension, “baptism”, used for an space stretching over each banks of the river. The Jordanian facet makes use of the names Al-Maghtas, Bethany past the Jordan and Baptism(al) Website, whereas the western half is called Qasr al-Yahud. The close by Greek Orthodox Monastery of St John the Baptist has a castle-like look (thus qasr, “citadel”), and custom holds that the Israelites crossed the river at this spot (thus al-Yahud, “of the Jews”).

Qasr al-Yahud is positioned within the Jordan Valley, just a little southeast from Jericho and the Useless Sea
Qasr al-Yahud is near the traditional highway and river ford connecting Jerusalem, through Jericho, to a number of Transjordanian biblical websites resembling Madaba, Mount Nebo and the King’s Freeway.[7]

Based on Procopius (writing c. 560 CE), Emperor Justinian I had a cistern constructed right here. In 1883 it was described as “nonetheless seen, in virtually good situation”.

Russian Orthodox ladies visiting the location (1913)
The west facet of the normal baptism website grew to become once more a goal for mass pilgrimage towards the top of the 19th and starting of the 20th century.[citation needed] Later within the century, a lot of church buildings and monasteries have been constructed between the previous Greek Orthodox Monastery of St John the Baptist and the river, an space that grew to become referred to as the “Land of the Monasteries”. It comprised Catholic (Franciscan), Greek, Ethiopian Orthodox, Syriac, Russian, Romanian, and Coptic church buildings.

After 1967
The fashionable website reopened in 2011 after being closed for the reason that 1967 Six-Day Battle. The restoration venture was permitted earlier than the 2000 millennium celebrations however was delayed as a result of Second Intifada and flooding within the area in 2003. In 2000, Pope John Paul II held a personal worship on the website.

Qasr al-Yahud is run by the Israeli Civil Administration and the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. Earlier than the location grew to become accessible, baptisms occurred at Yardenit.

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My dedication in life is to go on the traditional historical past of the Holy Land.

Following upon a few years of journey all over the world, which was highlighted by a really thrilling emotional and soul-searching assembly with the Dalai Lama, I spotted that I had a mission. To go on the the historical past of the Holy Land, its religions, and particularly, the delivery and growth of Christianity.
So as to fulfill this “calling” in the easiest way potential, I studied in depth, visited, and personally skilled every essential website of the traditional Christians. I studied for and obtained my first bachelors diploma within the historical historical past of the Holy Land, and am presently finishing my research for my second diploma.(Masters)

Parralel to my research, and in an effort to earn a residing, I used to be employed for a few years in promoting. What I discovered there was the way to entice the publics consideration, generate and, enhance curiosity, and assimilate info. All this I exploit as instruments to explain, clarify and deepen the curiosity within the websites that we go to. From my expertise, I’ve discovered that on this means, the Holy Land turns into extra than simply historical past, and that the massive stones that we see scattered about in dissaray, be a part of collectively one after the other till they turn out to be – a Byzantine Church. This additionally occurs once I lead a gaggle of Pilgrims within the Steps of Jesus. We climb to the height of Mount Precipice, “glide” over the land to the Sea of Galilee, land on the water and “see” the miracle which enfolds earlier than us.

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