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Perea, Greek Περαία (γή), “(region) opposite,” commonly a term applied to places outside the contiguous state (e.g. Corinth, Rhodes, Mytilene). It occurs in the Bible only as a variant reading in Luke 6:17; otherwise the Bible consistently uses πέραν τοῦ ’Ιορδάνου/péran toú Iordánou, “beyond (i.e. east of) the Jordan” (Heb. ‘ever ha-yarden; e.g. m. Šeb. 9.2; m. Ketub. 13.10) for the region where John the Baptist preached and baptized (John 1:28; 3:26), where Jesus preached (Mark 10:1 par. Matt), and where many who came to hear him lived (Mark 3:8). According to Josephus,…

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Küchler, Max, “Perea”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 April 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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