Bethany beyond the Jordan • Jordan

"Step back in time and discover the fascinating history of Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the site of Jesus Christ's baptism. Our less than 2-minute video, accompanied by detailed text, will immerse you in the archaeological ruins and stone church of this historic site in Jordan. Watch the video to learn more about this unique and spiritually-charged location."

This film was made on the basis of photos and videos taken during the trip Jordan (EN)

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The Jordan Valley is a land rich in history and monotheistic religions. Land of origin of the Jewish religion, then promised land, it also saw the birth of the Christian religion.


Bethany was the village of Judea where Martha, Mary and Lazarus lived. This is where the miracle of the resurrection of Lazarus took place. This village was near Jerusalem. But this is not Bethany that is in question in this film. The place where John the Baptist baptized the crowds is Bethany beyond the Jordan, in present-day Jordan.

Bethany beyond the Jordan

Jesus Christ had taken the habit of baptizing crowds in the water of the Jordan, thus following in the footsteps of John the Baptist, a contemporary prophet of Jesus. Jesus himself was baptized by John the Baptist.

Forming the border between Israel and Jordan, the Jordan offers different places that could have been the place where Jesus baptized the crowds. Many agreed on the site of Bethany not to be confused with the place of residence of Jesus and his family. The place where John the Baptist performed his baptisms is actually named "Bethany beyond the Jordan", making a place in Jordan more plausible.

the Bethany site

On the spot there are some stones which would have been trodden by the prophets as well as an access to the Jordan River where the faithful are still baptized. However, there is no formal proof that this is the place of baptisms performed by Jesus Christ ...


Spoken comments in the film: 

Bethany (full name: Bethany-beyond-the-Jordan) would be the place where Saint John the Baptist met Jesus for the first time.

However, nothing proves that the place chosen by tradition for this sacred place is indeed the authentic place where John the Baptist baptized the crowds.



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about the place, Béthanie-au-delà-du-Jourdain:

Bethany, where Jesus was baptized according to tradition, is located beyond the Jordan River in modern-day Jordan. It is believed to be the place where John the Baptist baptized Jesus and where Jesus performed the miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead. Today, visitors can see the remains of ancient churches and baptismal pools, and even participate in baptisms in the Jordan River. Although there is no definitive proof that this is the exact spot where Jesus was baptized, the site has been venerated by Christians for centuries and continues to be an important pilgrimage site.

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