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Bethany beyond the Jordan

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The area opposite Jericho has been identified for nearly two millennia as the area where Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist.  Archaeological discoveries between the Jordan River and Tell Mar Elias ('St. Elijah's Hill'), aka al-Kharrar, aka Bethabara, West Bank, since 1996 have identified this area as biblical 'Bethany beyond the Jordan', where John was living when he baptized Jesus.  The hillock is now the focal point of the Baptism Site and is covered with the remains of a Byzantine monastery with churches, large baptism pools and a water storage system. Findings from the early 1st century confirm the site was inhabited during the lives of Jesus and John the Baptist.  A 3rd century building with a white mosaic pavement has been called an early Christian prayer hall, possibly one of the earliest Christian prayer facilities.  Also identified on Elijah's Hill is the cave where John the Baptist lived and baptized.  The Byzantine church built around the cave, and a water channel emerging from the cave, have been excavated in the last few years and are open to the public.  Closer to the Jordan River are four other Byzantine churches and large pools with an extensive water system.  A new Greek Orthodox Church offers easy access to the river at the site.

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