Pella, another city of the Decapolis, is not mentioned in the New Testament but plays an important role in early Christian history. According to Eusebius of Caesarea, the late 3rd cent CE Christian scholar and historian, Pella was the refuge for Christians who fled the Great Jewish Revolt (66-73 CE). Pella continued to thrive through Roman and Byzantine period, but was destroyed by the earth quake of 749 CE.
Pella is identified at Tabakat Pahal,65 km north of Amman, and 5 km from the Jordan River. The site has been excavated since 1978 by an expedition from Australia. The remains show that the site was inhabited continuously since prehistory. The remains from the Roman and Byzantine periods include a small theatre (Odeon) and two churches.
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