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John the Baptist Baptism Sites Tour

John the Baptist’s Known (and Less Known) Baptism Sites

Titled by some as “the last prophet and the first Saint,” John son of Zachariah preached in first-century Judea about the coming of the Messiah. He operated mainly in the Judean desert, wearing a cloak made of camel hair, and mainly eating locusts (Matthew 3:4). John argued for immersing the body in fresh water to be ready for “the anointed one” (the Christ). His act became known as Baptism, and John became known as “John the Baptist“.  This unique private tour will take you to two sites where the gospels recorded John operating and baptizing people.

Visit the Baptism Site by Jericho

Jordan River baptism siteAll the gospels record John the Baptist conducting baptisms at the Jordan River, including of Jesus. Unfortunately, none of the gospels provide enough details to determine where exactly did it happen. Nevertheless, the texts hint that it was close to Jericho, and indeed since the 4th century Christian pilgrims started pointing to a spot east of Jericho as the baptism site. It developed into a major Christian pilgrimage destination, that attracts visitors to this day. Its east bank bears a few small springs and caves with shade and greenery. Perhaps this is where John resided during his baptism activity. Moreover, the site is not far from Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. These scrolls document a group with many beliefs similar to those of John the Baptist. Being so, it is tempting to suggest John the Baptist was a member of this community for a while.

Track ‘Aenon Near Salim’

The gospel of John records that after baptizing Jesus, John also baptized at “Aenon near Salim” (John 3:23). In the 4th century pilgrims suggested identifying this site south of Beit-Shean near a mound called “Shalem”. There are several springs around this mound, which correlates with the name “Einon” (Aramaic: “Springs”). Although there are even records of monks living at the site, it was later abandoned and forgotten. We will visit Shalem and scout some of the springs around it.

A video presentation of the search for “Aenon near Salim”

Tour Beit-Shean

Tel Shalom is near a Kibbutz where we can a communal lunch experience. We conclude the day with a visit to Beit-Shean. Although not mentioned by name in the New Testament, it is quite possible that Jesus visited this city, on his way to Jerusalem. Moreover, Beit-Shean was a member of the Decapolis, a league of Ten cities that Jesus visited. We will review the city’s main monuments, and trace is rich history.


What’s included

  • Guiding done by a licensed and expert private guide
  • Transportation in luxury level van or SUV
  • Pick-up and drop-off at any address
  • Free Wi-Fi and chilled bottled mineral water

What’s excluded

  • Site entrance fees
  • Meals and snacks
  • Gratuities

What to bring

  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Some cash

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