Despite being an Arab country, Jordan is the second most popular Biblical land after Israel. Like Israel, Jordan is also home to many sites, rivers and monuments associated with both Old Testament and New Testament. While visiting the modern city, you have many places to see and many things to do. However, your trip will remain incomplete without exploring some of prominent religious places in Jordan. You can easily explore these popular places without any hassle by taking Biblical tours.
5 Places That Makes Jordan the Other Biblical Land
- Jordan River
While exploring Biblical sites in the region, you must not forget to visit the Jordan River which flows through the Rift Valley. In addition to indicating boundary, the Jordan River is both real and imaginary in the Hebrew Bible. Many pious Christians look for an opportunity to take a dip in the holy river where both John and Jesus conducted Baptism. They even love to spend time at various baptismal sites associated with the Biblical tradition.
- John the Baptist Church
The Byzantine Church which is located just east of Jordan River is considered to be most prominent sites associated with St. John the Baptist. According to the New Testament, the church is located on the site where St. John baptized Christ. The architectural and archeological remains found in the location matches the event described in the New Testament. However, the exact place where Christ was baptized is yet to be ascertained.
- Machaerus (Mukawir)
The fortified hilltop palace which is located in the southeast mouth of the Jordan River is location where St. John the Baptist was imprisoned and executed. Various Christian churches observe the occasion as a holy day. According to the Gospels, John was beheaded before crucifixion of Jesus Christ. After beheading him, the ruler got the head placed on a platter. Many international tourists visit Machaerus to observe the Byzantine-era monastery and exploring four churches.
4. Mount Nebo
Mount Nebo is another prominent Biblical site in Jordan which is associated with Moses. It is the site where Moses got a panoramic view of the Promised Land for the first time. Many pious Christians visit Mount Nebo to observe the Promised Land just like Moses. Also, the believers read specific lines from the Bible with great emotion and devotion.
During Exodus from Israel, Moses and other Israelites passed through the area of Petra located in southern Jordan. According to the local traditions, Moses struck his rock and brought water out at the spring at Wadi Musa. The Mount Aaron is also the site where Moses’ brother Aaron was buried in the area of Petra. Hence, many believers explore the area of Petra to mentally visualize the exodus of Moses.
Often international tourists find it daunting to explore all Biblical sites in Jordan in a short amount of time. But you can easily explore some of the most prominent Biblical sites by taking the right Jordan Biblical tour. The Biblical tours will enable you to visit many sites of cultural, historical and religious importance in a comfortable and organized way.