Baptism of Jesus -- rival claims

From: Maurice A. O'Sullivan (
Date: Sun Feb 27 2000 - 19:18:36 EST

<x-flowed>In today's edition of Ha'aretz, there is a story about rival claims for the
place at which Jesus was baptised.
The story [ at:
includes this passage:

Furthermore, on the opposite bank of
               the Jordan from Qasr al-Yahud, the Jordanians
               have been developing their own sacred baptism
               site. At a place known as Wadi Harar,
               approximately two kilometers east of the river, the
               remnants of an ancient church have been found.
               Jordanian tourism officials based themselves on a
               verse from the New Testament: "All this happened
               at the home of a poor woman on the other side of
               the Jordan, at the place where John the Baptist
               was." According to this verse, John the Baptist
               was east of the Jordan, and the Jordanian tourism
               minister managed to convince the pope to visit

Anybody have a notion what verse the Jordanians are relying on?

Maurice A. O'Sullivan [ Bray, Ireland ]

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