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Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary
or BETHBARAH, signifies in the Hebrew a place of passage, because of its ford over the river Jordan, on the east bank of which river it stood over against Jericho, Joshua 2:7; Joshua 3:15-16 . To this place Gideon sent a party to secure the passage of the river, previous to his attack on the Midianites,
Judges 7:24 . Here John commenced his baptizing, and here Christ himself was baptized, John 1:28 . To this place, also, Jesus retired, when the Jews sought to take him at the feast of dedication; and many who resorted there to him believed on him, John 10:39-42 .
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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Bethabara'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/wtd/b/bethabara.html. 1831-2.