Little Miss Drama

My Trip to Jordan: Jordan River

on September 4, 2013

Continuation of my 3-day trip in Jordan…

From the Baptism Site, we had to walk a few meters to reach the Jordan River.

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A Greek Orthodox Church can be found in the area just before you go down the steps heading to the river.

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The southern side of the Jordan river, before it flows into the Dead Sea, is the Jericho section (Israel). At this location, on the border between Israel and Jordan, are a number of points of interest: the traditional  site of the crossing of the Jordan by the Israelites, the departure of Elijah on a chariot of fire, the pilgrimage site of John’s baptism of Jesus, and many  monasteries and chapels of various Christian orders.

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According to some traditions, the Israelites crossed the Jordan at this location on their return from the exile in Egypt. The site is located “against Jericho” as described in the following verses ( Joshua 3 9-17): “And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God…. Behold, the ark of the covenant of the LORD of all the earth passeth over before you into Jordan. And it came to pass, when the people removed from their tents, to pass over Jordan, and the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people;”

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Another Bibilical event that happened at this location was the departure of Elijah on the chariot of fire, an event that occurred on the Jordan River near Jericho.

2 King 2: “… So they came to Jericho…and they too stood by Jordan…and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven”.

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Before leaving the site, we decided to buy some souvenirs found just at the back of the Orthodox church. You can buy a small bottle of holy water for JOD5 (approx. US$7), bigger bottle of holy water for JOD15 (around US$21.16), and a set of holy oil, holy water and holy incense also for JOD5 (US$7) for the small-sized bottles.

I bought a big bottle of holy water for our home, one set of the holy water, oil and incense also for our home, then a few small-sized bottles of holy water for some friends and relatives.

Below is a photo of how the set of 3 looks like (which I got from the internet). I didn’t remember to take photos of those souvenirs I bought so I had no photo of any of it.

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Walking back to the entrance of the site could be a bit confusing. Among the three of us, it was I who remembered the right direction going back. However, we decided to take another route to easily reach the entrance by not going around the Baptism site again.

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