ceremonial way viewed
from temple of Zeus at Gerasa
(photo by Balgawi)
Greek: "Ten Cities"
A region including 10
originally independent Greek city states, all of which lay east
of the Jordan river except for Scythopolis [ancient Beth Shean]. Each
city was the center of its own administrative district. Several
were brought under Judean control by Aristobulus
I & Alexander
Jannai but were never
restored their nominal autonomy under the protection of the
Roman governor of Syria. Augustus
& Hippos under Herod.
The synoptic gospels report several trips by Jesus into this
largely non-Jewish region, but with imprecise geography. During the Jewish revolt [66-70
Jewish Christians reportedly migrated to Pella.
For further recent
information about archaeological & historical evidence, see:
Perspective on the
World of Jesus
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