river along the eastern border of Palestine.
The Jordan River
flows southward from Mount Hermon in northern Palestine. It connects
the Sea of Galilee with the Dead
Sea, forming the eastern border of Palestine.
Cities near the Dead
Sea in antiquity included Sodom and Gomorrah, which were said to have
been destroyed by God (Gen 19:25). David hid as an outlaw at the spring
of En-gedi along the Dead Sea's western side (1 Sam 24:1).Zechariah prophesied
that on the Day of the Lord living waters would flow out from Jeruslaem
to the Dead Sea (Zech 14:8) and Ezekiel said that in that day the Dead
Sea would yield fish (Ezek 47:7-12).
In New Testament times, John the Baptist
called people to repent and baptized them in the Jordan. Jesus
was among those baptized in the Jordan by John.