Umm Qais: Gateway to Jordan, Syria, and Palestine-Israel


Umm Qais-Gedara
Don Michael Hudson, PhD

This shot is a thirty-year dream. We are standing in Jordan shooting west toward the Sea of Galilee in Palestine-Israel. You can see the West Bank and the Mt. Transfiguration (not in this shot, but they are just to the left). You can also see beautiful Syria to the right. This is the place where 4 nation-states’ borders join. The air quality has been poor this trip–I think–because of all the sandstorms north and east of Jordan along with the usual smog. This is near the spot–Gedara–where the gospels tell us that Jesus cast the demons into swine, and they ran headlong over the cliff(s).