In Amman we started by exploring the Citadel, where remains from all the above periods can be found. We then drove northward to Jerash, stopping at the Jabbok River, where Jacob wrestled with an angel in Genesis 32. After lunch in Jerash, we spent the rest of the afternoon in its ancient ruins. Returning to Amman, we visited the Royal Automobile Museum, which actually provided quite a good history of modern Jordan, and drove by the huge new King Hussein Mosque.
The Citadel of Amman
|Elaine with the Temple of Hercules (the Hellenized form of the Ammonite god Milcom)|
|Class picture in front of the Ummayad mosque|
Here we held a devotional along the banks of the river where Jacob, returning to the Holy Land, wrestled with an angel and received promised blessings, including the new name of Israel. We spoke of making and keeping covenants and the blessings that will come to us, sang, and prayed.
Jerash is kind of like a mini Ephesus, showing the pervasiveness and importance of Greco-Roman culture throughout so much of the Mediterranean. Like Philadelphia, Jerash, known anciently as Gergasa, was a member of the Decapolis, the Greek league of cities on the border of Jewish areas in the New Testament period.
|First, lunch at Jerash|
|Then a visit to the ancient site of Gergasa. Here Elaine stands in front of the Hadrianic Gate.|
Games in the Hippodrome . . . in the ancient stadium, two of our guys raced with girls on their backs. And I was pressed into racing one of the guides . . .
Blake and Dwight race with women on their backs!
More Gergasa pics . . .
|Jordanian pipers and drummer in the theater|
|Elaine in the Roman-era theater|
|Class pic in the theater|
|The oval forum from above|
|Class pic in the oval forum|
|Zeus temple above the forum|
|With the Petersons and students on the Cardo, or Main Street|
|Another view of the Cardo|
|Yes, a Byzantine church|
Back to Amman
|Two of the many cars in the Royal Automobile Museum|
|King Hussein Mosque|