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Jordan (River)
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The Jordan (Heb.הַיַּרְדֵּן/hayyarden, Gk ὁ ἰορδάνης/ho iordánēs, Arab. al-urdunn; etymology disputed), divided into the upper and lower Jordan Valley, flows through the central Palestinian section of the Syro-African rift. With its four sources springing from the Hermon massif, with Lake Huleh, the Sea of Galilee (Galilee, Sea of), and especially the tributaries from the east, Yarmuk and Jabbok, and the Dead Sea (with the Arnon and the Zered) at its end, it is the largest inland water system in the Levant. The Jordan rift has a subtropical…

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Zangenberg, Jürgen, “Jordan (River)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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