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Aenon near Salim

Aenon Near Salim“Aenon near Salim” is mentioned only once in the New Testament: “Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were coming and being baptized” (John 3:23).

The leading candidate is a spring next to a mound called Tell Radragh \ Tel Shalem, 8 km South of Beth-Shean. 

Rarely visited and never excavated, this forgotton site might be an actual place where John the Baptist was active.


Ænon, more commonly written Aenon, is the site mentioned by the Gospel of John as the place where John was baptising after his encounter with Jesus. “Ænon” is the Greek rendition of the Semitic term for “spring” or “natural fountain”, like the Hebrew and Arabic .

Points of Interest in the Area

Beit She’an
Beth Alpha 
 qasr-el-yahud-baptism-2 Baptism site (el-Maghtas) (qasr el-Yahud)

Book a Private Tour to “Aenon Near Salim”

“Aenon near Salim” is in the the Beth-Shean Valley, some 2.5 hours drive from Tel-Aviv.

Contact me for a tour proposal that will inlude a visit to the site.