Banyas

Banyas

The Banyas is a source of the Jordan River running through lush woodlands and ending in broad lagoon overlooked by Mt. Hermon snows, and flanked by rock-hewn caves and an ancient temple dedicated to goat-footed Pan.

Called Paneas in the Hellenistic age in honor of the Greek god; “Banyas”, which is an Arab mispronunciation of Paneas. It was here that in the Roman Period Philip the Tetrarch, son of Herod, established the city of Caesarea Philippi – mentioned in the New Testament and Talmud. Games were held here in 70 CE to celebrate Titus’ victory over the Jews. Many Jewish captives were killed here.

It had a large Jewish community and……..

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