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    Yardenit Baptismal Site

    by mindcrime Updated Apr 5, 2014

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    Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John…

    Although not the original site where baptism of Jesus took place (this most probably happened according to Mathew at Qasr el Yahud, 115km further south, just over Dead Sea) thousands of people (especially Christian pilgrims but also many from other beliefs) come to Yardenit (little Jordan ) to touch the waters of river Jordan and many of them to be baptized in its waters.

    I dont want to insult anyone but for me this is just a tourist trap, hopefully we didn’t have to pay any entrance fee but the whole experience wasn’t spiritual at all. We got inside through a huge souvenir store (that you have to cross on your way out again of course) and saw just a small part of the river. There were hundreds of people around screaming and taking photographs while some others wearing white robes were trying to go into water from the small stairway that leads down to the waters. If you plan to do this you can rent robes and towels on site, there are also convenient dressing rooms where you can secure your clothes for a small fee.

    Pics 1-5 This is where the baptism takes place, looking north towards the Sea of Galilee
    Pic 2 a lovely bird trying to realize what all these people want from his life
    Pic 4 yes, go down there to be baptized
    Pic 3 on the way say hello to these creatures, Jordan river is full of these (African sharptooth) catfishes, they become large in size as the jews dont eat them.

    It’s open daily 8.00-18.00 (Friday and holidays till 16.00) Baptismal services till 17.00
    December-february 8.00-17.00(Friday and holidays till 16.00)

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    Bet Gabriel on the Kinneret

    by machomikemd Written Sep 11, 2013
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    The Bet Gabriel on the Kinneret is a social and Cultural Center located at the South Eastern Side of the Sea of Galilee, close to the original armistice line between Israel and Syria in 1948. This Cultural Center was host to the historic 1994 Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty between then King Hussein of Jordan and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel. This complex houses an Auditorium, Landscape Gardens, Various Art Sculptures, Conference Rooms, the famous "Peace Room" and a Bar and the Bet Gabriel Retaurant, where we ate lunch.

    Opens: 8:00 am to 9:00 pm everyday except Sundays

    according to their website:

    Bet Gabriel on the Kinneret ", located on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, was established in 1993 by the Gabriel Sherover Foundation, headed by the late Mrs. Gitta Sherover, together with Ze'ev (Velvele) Shor , the former Head of the Jordan Valley Regional Council, in memory of her beloved son - Gabriel. In November 1994 a historical occasion took place in Bet Gabriel when the peace treaty between Jordan and Israel was reconfirmed by the late King Hussein of Jordan and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

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    Eat St. Peter's Fish (Tilapia)

    by machomikemd Written Sep 11, 2013
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    If you are on a Christian Pilgrimage to the Sea of Galilee Region, where Jesus began and Ministry and stayed with his 12 Apostles for 3 years, then you will be served the Iconic Fish that was the fish that was multiplied with loaves of Bread during the Miracle of the Fish and Loaves and also Tilapia were one of the three main types of fish caught in Biblical times from the Sea of Galilee. At that time were called musht, or commonly now even "St. Peter's fish". The name "St. Peter's fish" comes from the story in the Gospel of Matthew about the apostle Peter catching a fish that carried a coin in its mouth, you will see mosiacs of it at Tabgha Church in northern Sea of Galilee Area. St. Peter Fish is served at various Restaurants lining the Sea of Galilee.

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    Sea of Galilee (Kinneret)

    by machomikemd Written Sep 11, 2013
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    Kinneret Town is named after the the Judeo Aramaic Word for the Sea of Galilee, which is the only freshwater lake in Israel and is the center of Jesus Ministry for 3 years before he embarked to Jerusalem and hence is a major part of the Christian Pilgrimage as many of the biblical sites related to Jesus and the 12 Apostles are related to this region like the Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha, The Multiplications of fish and loaves of Bread, the Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum and more. Kinneret Town is located at the southern end of the Sea of Galilee. The Sea of Galilee is fed by the Jordan River, rainfall and springs on the northern side. More properly designated a lake, the Kinneret (the Old Testament and modern name) is 21 kilometers (13 miles) long and ) and 11 kilometers (7 miles) wide. At its deepest point the lake is only 43 meters (150 feet) deep. There are some restaurants in Kinneret that serves the Iconic St. Peter's Fish (Tilapia), from this lake, this is the fish in the Miracle of Fish and loaves, to Tourists and Christian Pilgrims.

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    Golan Heights

    by machomikemd Written Sep 11, 2013
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    If you are going to Capernaum and Tabgha and the Mount of Beatitudes, the drive is nearer coming from Kinneret to those destinations via driving along the east side of the Sea of Galilee where you will pass by the historic and controversial Golan Heights, which commands a panoramic view of the Sea of Galilee and which was actually a part of Syria but was captured and was annexed by Israel (but is not recognized by the United Nations or by any country of the world as part of Israel). The Golan Heights has a bloody history for the Israelis and the Syrians starting from the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, to the 1967 Six Day War, The Yom Kippur War (1973) and up to the Present.

    According to Wikipedia:

    Borders, armistice line and ceasefire line


    View of Mount Hermon from the road to Masaade.
    One of the aspects of the dispute involves the existence prior to 1967 of three different lines separating Syria from Israel (or, prior to 1948, from the British Mandate for Palestine).

    The 1923 boundary between Mandate Palestine and the French Mandate of Syria was drawn with water in mind.[120] Accordingly, it was demarcated so that all of the Sea of Galilee, including a 10-meter wide strip of beach along its northeastern shore, would stay inside Palestine. From the Sea of Galilee north to Lake Hula the boundary was drawn between 50 and 400 meters east of the upper Jordan River, keeping that stream entirely within the British Mandate. The British also received a sliver of land along the Yarmouk River, out to the present-day Hamat Gader.[121]

    During the Arab-Israeli War, Syria captured various areas of the former Palestine mandate, including the 10-meter strip of beach, the east bank of the upper Jordan, as well as areas along the Yarmouk.

    While negotiating the 1949 Armistice Agreements, Israel called for the removal of all Syrian forces from the former Palestine territory. Syria refused, insisting on an armistice line based not on the 1923 international border but on the military status quo. The result was a compromise. Under the terms of an armistice signed on July 20, 1949, Syrian forces were to withdraw east of the old Palestine-Syria boundary. Israeli forces were to refrain from entering the evacuated areas, which would become a demilitarised zone, "from which the armed forces of both Parties shall be totally excluded, and in which no activities by military or paramilitary forces shall be permitted."[122] Accordingly, major parts of the armistice lines departed from the 1923 boundary and protruded into Israel. There were three distinct, non-contiguous enclaves—in the extreme northeast to the west of Banias, on the west bank of the Jordan River near Lake Hula, and the eastern-southeastern shores of the Sea of Galilee extending out to Hamat Gader, consisting of 66.5 square kilometers of land lying between the 1949 armistice line and the 1923 boundary, forming the demilitarised zone.[120]

    Following the armistice, both Israel and Syria sought to take advantage of the territorial ambiguities left in place by the 1949 agreement. This resulted in an evolving tactical situation, one "snapshot" of which was the disposition of forces immediately prior to the Six-Day War, the “line of June 4, 1967”.[120]

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    The Real Border of Syria and Israel

    by machomikemd Written Sep 11, 2013
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    Part of Kinneret is the actual border between Israel and Syria as this is where the armistice line was forged in 1948 after the Israel War of Independence, before the 1967 Six Day War and the 1973 Yom Kippur War, where Israel Occupied and annexed the Golan Heights (not recognized by the United Nations nor by any Country of the World). The Armistice Line is located just after the Bet Gabriel Cultural Center. The Actual Armistice Line and Border is at the middle of the Maagan Holiday Village, and most of the East Bank of the Sea of Galilee is actually Part of Syria!

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    Roman Catholic Baptism at the Yardenit Site

    by machomikemd Written Sep 10, 2013
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    Many Roman Catholics on Pilgrimage here in Israel would be more conservative in the Jordan River Baptism in that instead of donning the Traditional White Robes being rented at the Site, Prefer to be just Sprinkled in the Head with water from the Jordan River, as a tradition as the sacrament of baptism in Roman Catholic Church is when a babyor an adut person is baptized to the faith is via the sprinkling of holy water to the head. and like Our Group, we did the traditional roman catholic way where our pilgrimage priest will rebaptized us and sprinkle water directly from the jordan river here at Yardenit to every person in the group. (see my videos).

    according to the Yardenit Website:

    The New Testament


    Baptism of Christ in the Jordan


    John's baptism was essentially different.. In contrast to the insulated cult of the Judean Desert,

    "the whole Judean countryside and
    all the people of Jerusalem went out to him.
    Confessing their sins, they were baptized
    by him in the Jordan River"

    Mark 1:5

    John's baptism was the basis of Christian baptism, which is meant for everyone, and is preceded by a personal confession.

    The baptism of Jesus, who was free of all sin, was a sign of his revelation as the Messiah, and the beginning of his missionary work The sign was not the baptism itself, but the descent of the Holy Spirit afterwards, when Jesus began to pray, accompanied by a voice from heaven:

    "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased"

    Luke 3:22

    The church baptism of the believer is not a simple imitation of Jesus' baptism by John. Jesus himself notes the importance of water to the rebirth of the believer

    : "... no one can enter the kingdom of God
    unless he is born of water and the Spirit"

    John 3:5.


    With the development of the Christian church, new believers were accepted to "Israel of the Spirit" through baptism. Converts were "reborn" of water and Spirit, entered a new life , adopted into the holy family and enlightened; they died and were resurrected with the Messiah, received forgiveness for their sins and began taking part in the Holy Spirit.

    The baptismal rites conducted in the different Christian churches around the world today take a completely different form. In fact, they are all nuances of the simple immersion in the Jordan River.

    The baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist is recounted in the following Scriptures.

    Matthew 3:13-17
    Mark 1:9-11
    Luke 3:21-22
    John 1:29-34

    From these scriptures it is apparent that at the Jordan River, which flows south from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea that John the Baptist, baptized his cousin Jesus of Nazareth . The exact spot of the baptism on the Jordan River is not known. What is known is that John refused at first to confer his baptism on Christ for Christ had no need to repent. But Christ said "suffer it to be so now"

    Symbolism of Jesus' baptism

    The act of baptism was that Christ was identifying Himself with sinners. It is also a symbol of death and resurrection plus it marks His first public identification with those sins he would bear.Also the fundamental feature of all the scriptural narratives is that Jesus is anointed with the Spirit which accomplishes two things. It inaugurates the public ministry of Christ and establishes the messianic character of His ministry.

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    Christian Baptism at the Jordan River

    by machomikemd Written Sep 10, 2013
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    All Christians of all denominations have a dream of being baptized on the Jordan River whether they be Roman Catholics, Eastern Rite Catholics, Protestants, Eastern Orthodox, Evangelical, Coptic Christians, etc. but only a few can make it as the cost to go to Israel if you live far is very expensive and about 40,000 Christians get baptized at Yardenit ever year and a smaller number at Bethany in Jordan. They want to relive the experience of Jesus being Baptized by John the Baptist at the Jordan River more then 2,000 years ago. You can rent White Baptism Robes at Yardenit for NIS 35 (US $ 10) and it includes a certificate.

    according to the Yardenit Website:

    The New Testament


    Baptism of Christ in the Jordan


    John's baptism was essentially different.. In contrast to the insulated cult of the Judean Desert,

    "the whole Judean countryside and
    all the people of Jerusalem went out to him.
    Confessing their sins, they were baptized
    by him in the Jordan River"

    Mark 1:5

    John's baptism was the basis of Christian baptism, which is meant for everyone, and is preceded by a personal confession.

    The baptism of Jesus, who was free of all sin, was a sign of his revelation as the Messiah, and the beginning of his missionary work The sign was not the baptism itself, but the descent of the Holy Spirit afterwards, when Jesus began to pray, accompanied by a voice from heaven:

    "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased"

    Luke 3:22

    The church baptism of the believer is not a simple imitation of Jesus' baptism by John. Jesus himself notes the importance of water to the rebirth of the believer

    : "... no one can enter the kingdom of God
    unless he is born of water and the Spirit"

    John 3:5.


    With the development of the Christian church, new believers were accepted to "Israel of the Spirit" through baptism. Converts were "reborn" of water and Spirit, entered a new life , adopted into the holy family and enlightened; they died and were resurrected with the Messiah, received forgiveness for their sins and began taking part in the Holy Spirit.

    The baptismal rites conducted in the different Christian churches around the world today take a completely different form. In fact, they are all nuances of the simple immersion in the Jordan River.

    The baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist is recounted in the following Scriptures.

    Matthew 3:13-17
    Mark 1:9-11
    Luke 3:21-22
    John 1:29-34

    From these scriptures it is apparent that at the Jordan River, which flows south from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea that John the Baptist, baptized his cousin Jesus of Nazareth . The exact spot of the baptism on the Jordan River is not known. What is known is that John refused at first to confer his baptism on Christ for Christ had no need to repent. But Christ said "suffer it to be so now"

    Symbolism of Jesus' baptism

    The act of baptism was that Christ was identifying Himself with sinners. It is also a symbol of death and resurrection plus it marks His first public identification with those sins he would bear.Also the fundamental feature of all the scriptural narratives is that Jesus is anointed with the Spirit which accomplishes two things. It inaugurates the public ministry of Christ and establishes the messianic character of His ministry.

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    Jordan River

    by machomikemd Written Sep 10, 2013
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    The Jordan River is sacred to Christians from all over the World as this was the Site of the Baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in AD 30. the Jordan River is mentioned about 175 times in the Old Testament and about 15 times in the New Testament. The word Jordan comes from the Hebrew word 'yardane' meaning descender which is appropriate for the river that courses from the heights of Mt Hermon to the depths of the Dead Sea,running along an almost straight line and is the border of Jordan and Israel in many areas and is about 230 kilometers in length from the sea of galilee to the dead sea. Here in Yardenit, they have steel barriers and ampitheater like structures built at the banks of the Jordan river for Christian Pilgrims who will want to experience a rebaptism at the Jordan River as a homage to Jesus Christ.

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    The Wall of The Baptism of Jesus at Jordan River

    by machomikemd Written Sep 9, 2013
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    around the Yardenit Baptism Site are various engravings from around the world that is translated into most languages of the world where Christianity is present that depicts the Baptism of Jeus Christ by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. it depicts various biblical verses from both the Old Testament and the New Testament that records the Jewish tradition of Baptism in the Jordan River and of the Various Gospels that records the Baptism of Jesus at the Jordan River. you will see these writings at the walls around the Yardenit Baptism Complex.

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    Yardenit – Baptismal Site

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Yardenit is the Baptismal site located at the Southern end of the Sea of Galilee. This place is not far from the where the Jordan River flows out of the Sea on its way down to the Dead Sea.
    Yardenit is a sacred holy area. People come from all over the world to visit this unique site.
    According to these texts, the baptism site is probably close to the Sea of Galilee, since all the biblical texts do not describe a long journey from the Galilee to the place of baptism. Thus, Yardenit, or its vicinity, is a logical choice.
    Yardenit" is sort of a "little Yarden", where "Yarden" is the Hebrew word of Jordan.

    Yardenit is open 364 days a year.
    March - November:
    Sundays through Thursdays 8.00 - 18.00.
    Baptism 8:00-17:00
    Fridays 8.00 - 16.00.
    Baptism 8:00-15:00
    Saturdays 8.00 - 18.00.
    December - February:
    Sundays through Thursdays 8.00 - 17.00.
    Baptism 8:00-16:00
    Fridays 8.00 - 16.00
    Baptism 8:00-15:00
    Saturdays 8.00 - 17.00

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    Community Wall

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written May 4, 2010

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    The "Community Wall" welcomes the visitors at the entrance to Yardenit. It describes the Baptism of Jesus Christ with the text taken from the New Testament written by the Armenian artist Hagop Antreassian in both ancient and modern languages.

    “These panels are dedicated to Christians throughout the World, who at this place, have followed their Savior through the waters of Baptism” – the International Christian Embassy, Jerusalem, 2008.

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    Jordan River at Yardenit

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written May 4, 2010

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    The Jordan River flows at the bottom of the Syro-African fault. It originates approximately 200 meters above sea level on the slopes of Mt. Hermon, in water sources that flow throughout all year.
    The river ends its course at the lowest spot in the world - the Dead Sea - at 420 meters below sea level. Along its course, the Jordan feeds two lakes: the Huleh and the Sea of Galilee.
    In Judaism the river serves as the eastern border of the "Eretz Yisra'el", the Land of Israel.

    In Christian tradition, Jesus was baptized here by John the Baptist.
    The New Testament states that John the Baptist baptized unto repentance in the Jordan.
    Jesus came to be baptized by him there. The Jordan is also where John the Baptist bore record of Jesus as the Son of God and Lamb of God.

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    Baptizing in the Jordan River

    by Bregman Written Jul 1, 2005

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    There is another place which is regarded as Jesus baptizing place which is next to Jericho, not far from the dead sea. But, the sign here claims that there are some evidents tying the baptizing place to this spot. On the other hand, it could be they just wanted the money from the gift shop... Anyway, this is one of the easiest places to get to the water of the Jordan river (unless you go to the nortern section, where it's white water river). There is an easy access and even handicapped persons, in wheelchairs, can easily go down to the river. There is no charge to get to the water, but you will have to pass the giftshop where they will try to sell you religious souvenirs.

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