Jordan River near Jabbok

Aerial view from the west of the Jordan River near Nahal Jabbok. Photograph by Todd Bolen.

Throughout the Hebrew Bible, the Jordan River serves primarily as a regional indicator and a boundary, both real and symbolic.

 

Jordon River near Jabbok

A West Semitic language, in which most of the Hebrew Bible is written except for parts of Daniel and Ezra. Hebrew is regarded as the spoken language of ancient Israel but is largely replaced by Aramaic in the Persian period.

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