It used to be under Egypts control.
Under Solomon, Israel used this city as an administrative city.
Under the Greek period, it received the name Scythopolis. Alexander the Great entertained here. They were Hellenistic - if it feels good, do it. Feed the lust. They were also polytheistic, worshiping many gods. They felt they had to appease the gods by sacrificing animals and humans. I am so glad our God does not take His vengeance out on us if He isn't pleased with my "works". He is a Restorer and Rescuer!
Hippodromes (Greek stadiums for horse and chariot racing), theatres, forums and Roman temples characterized this city and the other cities in the Decapolis. Life was saturated with Gentile presence and Greco-Roman culture. It was really foreign territory for Jesus and His disciples.
Would you believe that 21 years ago, much of this was underground? It has only recently been excavated!
Byzantine bath houses. The 4th - 6th century AD bathhouses covers almost 2 acres.
Al could see this McDonalds as he climbed Mt. Gilboa.
Dated pictures shared by Marcia P., also on our trip