Gadara (Hammath Gader)

Gadara (Hammath Gader; El Hamma)

“And they arrived at the country of the  Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee.” (Luke 8:26)

Hot spring in the bed of the Yarmuk River on the southern Golan Heights, 10 km. southeast of Zemah on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

The name derives from the ancient city of Gadara. (The Jordanian village of Umm Qeis, on other side of the Yarmuk River,  is built on the ruins of ancient Gadara.)

Even in ancient times these springs were known for their medicinal properties. Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi was reputed to have used them.

Near the baths are remains of a bath complex, a Roman theater and……..

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