Wednesday, October 31, 2012

At holy water's edge

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The subject of City Daily Photo group's Theme Day today is "At water's edge."
I am happy to show you very special (some say holy) water--the River Jordan!

My photos are from the Israeli side; the other edge of the narrow river is already in the Kingdom of Jordan.
This place is called in Arabic Qasr al Yahud.
It is just east of Jericho.

The old traditions say that here John the Baptist baptized Jesus, that Joshua led the Israelites across the river into the Promised Land, and that the Prophet Elijah ascended into heaven.


I watched a Canadian group witnessing as to what had brought them to faith and to this holy place.
One by one they descended the stairs and their minister blessed them and dunked them.
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You can enlarge the photos; click and then click again on what opens.  It will make the little river look bigger, maybe.
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More information on Kasr al Yahud in this article.
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To see the other baptism site called Yardenit, favored by Protestants, where the Jordan flows out of the Sea of Galilee, please see these posts.
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To visit other bloggers posting their water's edge, go to the nice new City Daily Photo website.
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20 comments:

Robert Geiss said...

What impressive edge. Thank you for this journey to such historic place very much.

Please have a good new month ahead.

Mark said...

I suppose it is one of the most famous 'water's edge' in history. Great shots Dina.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Fascinating images Dina, and as you say definitely worth taking the time to enlarge.

Shantaram said...

Had always thought of River Jordan as a 'mighty' river. I guess there are other ways to being mighty than mere size and the Jordan ranks up there.

Thank you!

Robin said...

Many years ago we lived near the Yardenit. I used to love seeing all the groups come to be baptized, especially the Southern Baptist groups who would sing the most beautiful gospel songs...

crystal said...

The little muskrat-like creature in your other river Jordan post is so cute :)

The river looks both more narrow and more deep than I thought it would be. All the Jesus movies seem to show a big shallow river, which must make filming easier.

Jo said...

Interesting post, with great photos.

VP said...

An edge in every sense...

This is Belgium said...

love the post and seeing your unbelievably special waters ! Dina
whatever they are, Halloween, All Saints Day or at the holy water's edge.. we all treasure our customs and we should !

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

Hi Dina,

Great entry and I believe, it's the lowest point below sea level in the world!

Karl Demetz said...

Hi Dina, you have always so interesting posts! Impressive edge.

Dina said...

Friends, thanks for your nice words.

Duncan, the Sea of Galilee is about 212 meters below sea level. Further south is the Dead Sea, at about 424 meters below sea level.
And the Jordan is in between the two lakes.

paul said...

A place full of history and meaning. Thanks for this contribution.

JM said...

Clever! A very original entry, Dina!

Valladolid Daily Photo said...

Love your choice for the theme day. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

Have a great month!

Tanya said...

wonderful entry!

Red Nomad OZ said...

I was brought up on those stories - but have never seen the River Jordan! Somehow, I never imagined it to be so narrow!! Wonderful post!!

Eki said...

Does the water always look brown and muddy like that? Or is it seasonal?

Dina said...

Friends, thank you all for dropping by and for sharing your impressions.

Eki, I don't see the Jordan all that often. But I think it is always brownish by the time it gets to this point. More green further up north where it leaves the Sea of Galilee.

Kay said...

Another very interesting post. That water looks rather murky though doesn't it?