Re: [John_Lit] Where did John baptise: Bethany or Bethabara? (Jn 1:28)
- Dear friends,
Thank you for all your valuable comments in regard to my article.
While researching about Bethabara, I came across an interesting note
in Eusebius' Onomasticon.
Here's what he said, according to the following website,
Eusebius of Caesarea, Onomasticon (1971) Translation. pp. 1-75.
Bethaabara (Bethabara). "Where John was baptizing" (the penitent)
"across the Jordan." The place is pointed out where many of the
brothers even now consider it an honor to wash. (Where today many of
the brothers, the believers, desiring a renewal of life are baptized
in the Depths.)
Now I'm not sure what are these words in parentheses, is it some
Does someone have the original Greek for this quote?
Eusebius' words seem to indicate that Bethabara was "across the
Jordan", and that this was a place for baptism. But I'm not quite sure
if the word "wash" means the same as "baptism" for Eusebius. I think
we need the Greek text to understand fully what he is saying.
Some clarification would be welcome.
All the best,
Baqqesh shalom verodpehu -- Seek peace and pursue it (Psalm 34:15)
Yuri Kuchinsky -- http://www.trends.ca/~yuku/bbl/bbl.htm -- Toronto