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The Jordan River figures prominently in Biblical history, but the river itself isn’t as impressive as the events that surround it. Still, covering about 70 miles in length, it’s the biggest river in Israel and its waters feed a fertile valley situated between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. Melting snow from Mount Hermon in Lebanon fills four streams north of the Sea of Galilee and, in turn, those streams fill the Jordan River with water.

During the springtime flood season, the Jordan can become dangerous with deep, fast-moving currents, but for most of the rest of the year it remains fairly tame. It stretches about 90 feet across, and usually runs only from two to 10 feet deep. As such, it would have served as a convenient location for John the Baptist to conduct frequent baptismal services.

Matthew 3:13-17; The Baptism of Jesus

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[WWA, 222]

 

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