Summary: Bethabara was a wilderness area in Judea, “by the borders of Perea” (Y:3:9),
where John the Baptizer would often be found baptizing in the river Jordan (Y:1:50;
But in the secret watches of the night, Josephus Caiaphas called forth certain chief
priests, that they might act wisely regarding this John, and they called forth unto
them a certain man, and they commanded that he should go to the lands round about
Bethabara, and finding the prophet baptizing in the waters of the Jordan, he should
become as one of his disciples.
“Arise, my Beloved, and go forth unto the regions round about Bethabara unto John,
beside the river Jordan. He shall prepare you that you might draw nigh unto me.”
And when it was morning, he took a staff and journeyed unto Bethabara in the wilderness
of Judea by the borders of Perea.