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Gerasenes (nation)
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The capital of the Roman province of Peraea (Mark 5:1; Luke 8:26–39). Identified with the modern village of Umm Qeis, which is surrounded by very extensive ruins. A number of sculpted sarcophagi can be found among its tombs. For a discussion of the relationship between Gadara, Gerasa, and Gergesa, see this article: Gerasenes.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Gadara
Gadara The capital of the Roman province of Peraea (Mark 5:1; Luke 8:26–39). Identified with the modern village of Umm Qeis, which is surrounded by very extensive ruins. A number of sculpted sarcophagi can be found among its tombs. For a discussion of the relationship between Gadara, Gerasa, and Gergesa,
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Gadarenes
GADARENES [Gk Gadarēnos (Γαδαρηνος)]. The name of the territory where Jesus cast demons out of 2 men and into a herd of swine (Matt 8:28). See also GERASENES. This area is associated with the site of Gadara, modern Umm Qeis (M.R. 214229), located near the N border of Jordan, about 10 km SE of the S
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Gadara, Gadarenes
Gadara, Gadarenes. City of the Decapolis and its inhabitants, mentioned only once in the better manuscripts of the NT (Mt 8:22). Jesus had crossed to the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee and healed the demoniac, Legion, whom he encountered in “the country of the Gadarenes” (Mt 8:28, kjv Gergesenes).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Gadara
Gadara gadʹer-ə [Gk. Gadara]; GADARENES gadʹə-rēnz [Gk. Gadarēnoi]. Gadara was one of the more important cities of the Decapolis (Polybius v.71.3; Pliny Nat. hist. v.74; Josephus Ant. xvii.11.4 [320]). The Gadarenes were the inhabitants of the city and the attached territory (Ant. xv.10.2f [351, 354–59]).
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Gadara, Gadarenes
GADARA*, GADARENES City of the Decapolis and its inhabitants, mentioned only once in the better manuscripts of the NT. Jesus had crossed to the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee and healed the demoniac named Legion, whom he encountered in “the country of the Gadarenes” (Mt 8:28). Mark’s account in 5:1
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Gadara, Gadarenes
Gadara (gad´uh-ruh), Gadarenes (gad´uh-reenz). Some biblical manuscripts mention the “country of the Gadarenes” as the site of a dramatic exorcism performed by Jesus (Matt. 8:28–34; Mark 5:1–10; Luke 8:26–39). The account is remarkable in that it involves a large number of demons being cast into a herd
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Gadara
The “Pavement” excavated beneath the Convent of Our Lady of Zion. Sisters of ZionGADARA. Gadara (modern Umm Qeis) is located c. 1, 200 feet above the Mediterranean Sea, yet c. 1, 800 feet above the Sea of Tiberias, which it overlooks at a distance of six miles to the SE. It has a commanding view of
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Gadarenes, Gadara
GADARENES, GADARA. The only biblical references to the Gadarene area concern the story of the miracle of Legion and the swine. The word ‘Gadarenes’ is found in some texts or versions of Mt. 8:28; Mk. 5:1; and Lk. 8:26. The probability is, however, that it is the original reading only in Mt. (Compare
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Gadara
Gadara (Gk. Gadara)A prominent Decapolis city from Pompey’s time (63 b.c.), modern Umm Qeis, whose history goes as far back as the Hellenistic period. Gadara was near the place where Jesus cast the demons out of a man (Mark 5:1–20; two men in Matt. 8:28–34). It is located on a plateau at the northeast
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Gadara, Gadarenes
GADARA [gădˊə rə] (Gk. Gadara), GADARENES [gădˊə rēnz] (Gk. Gadarēnoi). A major city of the Decapolis and its inhabitants; contemporary Muqeis (or Umm Qeis), about 10 km. (6 mi.) southeast of the Sea of Galilee, near the Yarmuk river. Gadara, with a predominantly Greek population (Josephus
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Gadara
GADARA a) A city south of the River Yarmuk, identified with the ruins of Umm Keis. In Hellenistic times it was one of the centers of Greek culture in the Transjordan; it was the home town of the poet Meleager, and of Menippus the Cynic (Strabo, xvi, 759). When, under Ptolemaic rule, the Assyrian-Persian
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Gadara
GADARA A city in the Decapolis in Transjordan identified with modern Umm Qeis, south of the Sea of Galilee. According to Matt 8:28, Jesus cast out demons from two men and sent the demons into a herd of swine. This event takes place at Gerasa in Mark 5:1 and Luke 8:26.
Gergesenes
GERGESENES A variant for the Gadarenes and Gerasenes in some of the manuscripts of Matthew (8:28), Mark (5:1), and Luke (8:26). (See Gadara; Gerasa.)