The Jordan Valley and The Dead Sea
Is part of the Great Rift Valley that runs from Turkey to east Africa formed millions of years ago. The Dead Sea originally stretched the entire 360km from Aqaba in the south to Lake Tiverius in the north. The therapeutic water, combined with the valley’s fertile land have attracted people since the Stone Age.
For Christians, this region inspires their faith. This is where God first spoke to man. It is the Holy Land where God gave his Ten Commandments, where Job suffered and was rewarded for his faith, where Jesus was baptized by John, and where Jacob wrestled with the angel of God. It is believed to the the location of the Garden of Eden. The area is beleived to have been home to five Biblical cities: Sodom, Gomorrah, Adman, Zeboiim, and Zoar. Many of these sites and others are also significant Holy places for Muslims. The Jordan Valley is home to many tombs of the Prophet Mohammad’s (PBUH) venerable companions and military leaders who fell in battle or succombed to the Great Plague in the 18th year after the Hijra. The Valley also houses the tomb of Abu beida Amer Bin Al-Jarrah, one of the first converts to Islam. He participated in all major events and was one of the “Blessed Ten”, to whom the Prophet (PBUH) promisted Paradise.
What to See
- Visit the tombs of the Prophet Mohammad’s (PBUH) venerable companions and military leaders
- St. Elijah’s Hill: the location wher the Prophet Elijah ascended to heaven and John the Baptist baptized Jesus
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