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Adam On The Jordan

Adam was the name given to a city in the Jordan Valley near Zarethan. The location of both Adam and Zarethan are today uncertain, however it is known that they were not a great distance north of Jericho (see Bible Places and Bible History). It was upstream at Adam (the Jordan River flows south from The Sea Of Galilee to the Salt Sea, also known as the Dead Sea) that the waters of the Jordan were blocked, which permitted the Israelites to cross the river on dry ground, into the Promised Land. Waters were "parted" for them as they left Egypt, and waters were "parted" for them as they entered the land promised to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Jordan River The Israelites Cross The Jordan On Dry Ground

"And Joshua said to the people, "Sanctify yourselves; for tomorrow The Lord will do wonders among you."

"And Joshua said to the priests, "Take up The Ark Of The Covenant, and pass on before the people." And they took up The Ark Of The Covenant, and went before the people."

And The Lord said to Joshua, "This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. And you shall command the priests who bear The Ark Of The Covenant, 'When you come to the brink of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.'"

"And Joshua said to the people of Israel, "Come hither, and hear the words of The Lord your God." And Joshua said, "Hereby you shall know that the living God is among you, and that He will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Hivites, the Perizzites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, and the Jebusites. Behold, The Ark Of The Covenant of The Lord of all the earth is to pass over before you into the Jordan. Now therefore take twelve men from the tribes of Israel, from each tribe a man. And when the soles of the feet of the priests [see Levites] who bear The Ark of The Lord, The Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be stopped from flowing, and the waters coming down from above shall stand in one heap."

"So, when the people set out from their tents, to pass over the Jordan with the priests bearing The Ark Of The Covenant before the people, and when those who bore The Ark had come to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing The Ark were dipped in the brink of the water, the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest, the waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap far off, at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, and those flowing down toward the sea of the Arabah, The Salt Sea, were wholly cut off; and the people passed over opposite Jericho. And while all Israel were passing over on dry ground, the priests who bore The Ark Of The Covenant of The Lord stood on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan, until all the nation finished passing over the Jordan." (Joshua 3:5-17 RSV)

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