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a city which gave name to the country of the Gadarenes; situated on a steep rocky hill on the river Hieromax, or Yermuck, about five miles from its junction with the Jordan. It was a place of considerable note in the time of Josephus, and the metropolis of Peraea, or the country beyond Jordan. It was also celebrated for its hot baths. The vicinity was likewise called the country of the Gergesenes, from Gerasa, or Gergesa, another considerable city in the same neighbourhood. Thus the miracle of our Lord performed here is represented by St. Mark to have been done in the country of the Gadarenes, Mark 5:1 ; and by St. Matthew, in that of the Gergesenes, Matthew 8:28 .

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Gadara'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. 1831-2.

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