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Jordan River Map

The Jordan River is fed by headwaters that start near the base of Mount Hermon, on what is now the Syria-Lebanon border. After descending into the Sea of Galilee, it continues south to the Dead Sea. The river winds through 124 miles of the Rift Valley, which is an average of 6 miles wide and mostly dry apart from the river. Often to the shock of visitors, it is a rather small river with an average width of 100 feet and a depth ranging from 2 to 10 feet. The river served as the dividing line between eastern and western Palestine in antiquity. Most notably, in the Hebrew Bible the crossing of the Jordan is symbolic for the entry of the Israelites into the promised land. In the New Testament, John the Baptist baptized hordes of people, including Jesus, in the Jordan. Produced by