Jordan: In Jacob’s Footsteps

Welcome to the Bible-story-rich hills of Upper Gilead, and to the Jabbok Valley. Unlike the other river valleys in the area, which are about as friendly as the Grand Canyon, the Jabbok — aka “Shepherd’s Gateway” — hospitably provides food and water along the way.

Nearby is the likely site for Penuel (which means “the face of God”) where Jacob wrestled with the angel, after sending his family and flocks over the Jabbok.

Tomorrow: Lower Gilead, the frontier between ancient Israel and ancient Syria.

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